Beijing Taxi Drivers Struggle to Make a Living

By Mary Hong
Mary Hong
Mary Hong
Mary Hong has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2020. She has reported on Chinese human rights issues and politics.
April 23, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020
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In Beijing, taxi drivers are trying out different business models in order to survive the pandemic.

Man A: Beijing taxi drivers are trying to get by. If they return the car to the shop, their deposit will be gone. If they decide to keep the car, they have to pay for the lease. Life is hard. It’s tough for the drivers.

Man B: Taxi drivers are now also working in recycling. Look at those cardboard papers and plastic containers.

Man C: Look at these taxis in the parking lot. It was said that these were rentals that defaulted.

The economic chain reaction of the pandemic takes a toll on taxis. Taxi drivers are under pressure to pay their monthly lease payments and/or risk losing the lease deposit.

Mary Hong
Mary Hong has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2020. She has reported on Chinese human rights issues and politics.