Beijing taxis will be stuffier than usual in the run-up to leadership transition of the 18th Party Congress, scheduled for November 8. The state-run Global Times reports that the rear windows of Beijing taxis are locked until further notice to prevent passengers from “handing out leaflets with adverse information.” The notice below, posted to Weibo by @luhualuhua (@卢桦), instructs cabbies on this “zero spread rule” and other regulations:
I. Taxicab Fuel Surcharge Adjustment
(1) As of midnight September 29, 2012, the fuel surcharge for all taxicabs will be adjusted to 3.00 yuan per trip.
(2) The fuel surcharge can be collected for all trips exceeding (but not including) three kilometers.
(3) Requirements: Remove all old signage and affix new signage directly above driver registration cards.
II. Strengthen Monitoring of Vehicles and Drivers Involved in of Meter Tampering
(1) Taxicab companies are to reinforce inspection measures. Meters discovered to have been altered must be removed without exception. Infractions committed by a driver must be dealt with in terms of a breach of contract.
(2) If a problem is investigated and prosecuted by law enforcement officials, persons involved will assume the consequences, including the responsibility to pay related fines.
III. “Zero Spread” Requirements for Taxicabs During the 18th Party Congress Security Period (Convening on November 8)
(1) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to “seal the door” and “seal the windows.” “Seal the door” by activating child safety locks on the doors. “Seal the windows” by removing window cranks.
(2) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to be on guard for passengers carrying any type of ball. Look for passengers who intend to spread messages by carrying balloons that bear slogans or ping-pong balls bearing reactionary messages.
(3) During the 18th Party Congress period,
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