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Kyushu taxi firm warns passengers of severe consequences for bad behavior in cabs

Katsuyama Taxi President Toshifumi Hiroiwa points at a notice warning customers against behaving badly in its taxis, in Kitakyushu' Kokurakita Ward on Feb. 22, 2018. (Mainichi)

KITAKYUSHU -- A taxi firm here began on Feb. 23 warning passengers that it reserves the right to refuse service or even demand damages from customers behaving badly in their vehicles.

    Katsuyama Taxi, based in Kitakyushu's Kokurakita Ward, posted notices explaining the policy on the back of the front passenger seat to make it easy to spot for customers. The notice states that the taxi firm could take action including filing damage claims for passenger conduct such as smoking in non-smoking vehicles, use of vulgar language, sexual acts, or illegal behavior.

    The measure is being introduced to protect the company's drivers, and Katsuyama Taxi President Toshifumi Hiroiwa stated that he hopes "it will help resolve our serious driver shortage problem."

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