Of­fi­cials pun­ished for ‘black’ taxi ser­vices

China Daily - - CHINA - By TIAN XUEFEI and ZHOU HUIYING in Harbin Con­tact the writ­ers at zhouhuiy­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 100 of­fi­cials are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in Hei­longjiang prov­ince and pun­ished for their in­volve­ment in il­le­gal taxi ser­vices, the Harbin Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion an­nounced on Mon­day.

In re­cent months, an in­spec­tion team that also in­cluded pros­e­cu­tors, pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and trans­port of­fi­cials in­ten­si­fied ef­forts to crack down on il­le­gal taxi ser­vices in Harbin, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

Af­ter check­ing 16,800 cars, the team seized 214 il­le­gal taxis and broke up seven gangs. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a series of dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions emerged, in­clud­ing abuse of power, tak­ing bribes, reg­u­la­tory in­ac­tion and il­le­gal en­force­ment.

Pun­ish­ments in­cluded warn­ings, se­ri­ous warn­ings, re­moval from Party posts and ex­pul­sion from the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

Seven cases in­volv­ing sus­pected crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity were trans­ferred to ju­di­cial or­gans.

Il­le­gal taxis di­rectly harm the in­ter­ests of cit­i­zens and ob­struct jus­tice, which has pro­voked pub­lic anger, the com­mis­sion said in its an­nounce­ment.

“Il­le­gal taxis, known as black cabs, have greatly af­fected the nor­mal mar­ket or­der,” said Wan Xiaol­ing, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Hei­longjiang Long Win Mod­ern Trans­porta­tion Co, the big­gest taxi com­pany in the city.

“Last night, when we got the news, ev­ery­one in our com­pany was de­lighted with the power and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the gov­ern­ment.”

The com­pany owns about 1,700 taxis, ac­count­ing for about one-tenth of the le­gal op­er­a­tors in the city.

“The num­ber of il­le­gal taxis in Harbin has in­creased sharply since taxi-hail­ing apps be­gan to ap­pear at the end of 2013,” Wan said. “They have had a grave im­pact on the in­comes of the driv­ers of le­gal taxis, as well as our com­pany.”

“Black cabs are un­safe for pas­sen­gers,” she added. “Le­gal taxis have full in­sur­ance cov­er­age, while black cabs of­ten only have manda­tory in­sur­ance, which means pas­sen­gers would re­ceive much less com­pen­sa­tion if they were in­jured in a road ac­ci­dent while trav­el­ing in an il­le­gal taxi.”

“The in­spec­tion will help to pre­serve nor­mal mar­ket or­der and boost the con­fi­dence of le­gal taxi driv­ers to re­main in their jobs, so it pro­vides an im­por­tant pub­lic ser­vice in the city,” Wan said. “We also hope it will be­come a long-term prac­tice.”

The in­spec­tion will help to pre­serve nor­mal mar­ket or­der and boost the con­fi­dence of le­gal taxi driv­ers to re­main in their jobs.” Wan Xiaol­ing, se­nior of­fi­cial of the big­gest taxi com­pany in Harbin

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