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156 illegal taxi’s Destroyed in China

Published on August 20, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

156 illegal taxi's Destroyed in China

Authorities in the great city of Hefei in Anhui Province ordered the destruction of 156 illegal taxi’s, the order was carried outwith great vigor by police, city workers, and… legal taxi drivers who were likely the most happy men in the world when they hit those criminal cabs with sledge hammers and what not they could find.

156 illegal taxi's Destroyed in China

Illegal taxi’s are a big problem in China.They operate without a taxi license, with bugged or fake taxi meters, without insurance, with completely unsafe cars carrying fake license plates. Unscrupulous operators paint their taxi’s in the same way as taxi’s from legal companies so customers think they took the real thing. This is what happened here in Hefei. The cars are completely destroyed to make sure they won’t be coming back.

156 illegal taxi's Destroyed in China

Fake taxi meters and a dog looking for a place to pee.

But sure there is another side to the story. The legal companies are often state owned, by provincial or local governments. It is very hard, if not impossible, for a private company to get a license because the government rather wants to keep competition out. Customers are usually not that unhappy with illegal taxi’s because they are often actually cheaper than the real thing, besides that, there are never enough taxi’s on the road.

156 illegal taxi's Destroyed in China

Well, in this case the government won, but there can be no doubt some will just try again…

156 illegal taxi's Destroyed in China

A professional recycling team finishes the job. Don’t mind about that little bit of oil!

Via: CRI, AnhuiNews.

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  1. dragin- August 20, 2012 Reply

    Wouldn’t re-registering/branding, painting a cheap coat of white, and then auctioning them off, with proceeds going to feed the poor, have been a better, cleaner, and more con-structive way to deal with the problem?
    What a waste….. I can just see all the hazardous wastes seeping down into the ground and ultimately into the drinking water.

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  3. cjcz92- August 21, 2012 Reply

    You forget, this is communist China we are talking about. They gov’t doesn’t care about the poor or hazardous waste or rationality

  4. johnny- August 21, 2012 Reply

    They could have sold those taxis to the North Koreans. Then use the proceeds to bribe African officials.

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  6. acs- August 21, 2012 Reply

    It’ll get recycled in one form or another.

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  9. AimanRmeve- October 13, 2012 Reply

    I would like to join them if I have any chances or opportunity.

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