Local authorities in suburban Qingpu District have launched a coordinated campaign to crack down on illegal taxis around the National Exhibition and Convention Center.
The aim is to ensure an ordered transportation environment during the this week's automobile exhibition.
Auto Shanghai 2017, or the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, is to be held in the exhibition center from Wednesday. A surge in traffic is forecast during the 9-day exhibition.
Officers with the city and Qingpu District's traffic law enforcement teams, local police and West Hongqiao Management Center took part in a joint action last Thursday to crack down on illegal taxi services.
Five drivers within an hour were caught near the exhibition center for unlicensed operation, four of them unqualified drivers who took orders via car-hailing platforms.
Their vehicles were seized, and the drivers face an administrative penalty from 10,000 to 50,000 yuan (,450 to ,265), with their driving licenses confiscated for three to six months.
The city's law enforcement team said more crackdowns would be held around the area, to curb illegal taxi operations, particularly drivers who provide illegal car-hailing services via online platforms.