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Corrupt Taxi Companies

Updated: 2013-07-14

Dear Mayor,

I am writing in concern of my Wife and her family that live in Changsha.

My name is John Chapman and I am married to Ying Ping Huang and on May 26, 2013 my wife's brother was killed in a traffic accident which was caused by the negligent actions of a taxi driver for The Blue Light Taxi Company which is owned by the government of Changsha. The Blue Light Company has lied and done everything they can to avoid paying the family a proper compensation and on June 24,2013 the family went to the Blue Light Companies offices to hold a peaceful protest and while there they were attacked by company employees and assaulted and one of my brother in laws was in hospital from his injuries.

The Blue Light Company is still trying to keep from paying a proper compensation to the family and it is getting to the point where it has gone on for way too long and is just a display of total disrespect to the family for their loss and if you do not do something I will let the rest of the world know just how corrupt your government really is.

Thank you!

Reply Content :

Dear John Chapman,

We have received your letter regarding the car accident. Upon receiving your letter, efforts have been made to better understand the scenario and the feedback is as follows:

At about 9:43 pm on May 26th, 2013 a taxi (REG. No. AT4767) driving along Furong Road from north to south ran into a pedestrian called Huang Qimei who was walking across the road, near the west gate of Central South University Railway Campus in east to west direction. Huang Qimei was killed due to the collision. According to the traffic police’s initial on-the-spot investigation, Tang Hongzhong, the driver on duty that day, was confirmed responsible for the accident.

After this incident, top executives of the taxi company, playing a highly cooperative role, promptly assigned staff from its Security Section to assist the Traffic Police Brigade in Tianxin District with the case. As requested by the victim’s family, the taxi company paid 50,000 RMB in advance for the accident. With consent of the victim’s family, representatives of the company paid a condolence to the victim’s house, on the morning of May 28th.

At around 9:30 am on May 29th, a negotiation meeting presided over by police officer Mr. Han was conducted between the taxi company and the bereaving family, but the two parties failed to reach an agreement. After several negotiations, at 3:30 pm on July 18th, 2013, both sides agreed that the company make a one-off payment of 648,870 RMB as a compensation for the accident. Apart from the already paid 58,870 RMB, the company was asked to pay another 590,000 RMB.

On the morning of July 19th, the case was settled as the taxi company honored their side of the agreement and the Traffic Police Brigade closed the case after relevant formalities.

Yours sincerely,
Changsha Municipal Public Transportation Administration Bureau