Beijing taxi drivers should stop eating and sleeping in their cabs as the smells they make could tarnish the city's image during the 2008 Olympic Games, a political adviser was quoted Sunday as saying by state media.
About one-third of the taxis in Beijing were smelly, Shi Xiangpeng, a Hong Kong representative at the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying.
"Sometimes I could smell an unbearable stink once I got into the cab, but was afraid of being too rude to get off immediately. So I had to roll down the windows, regardless of how cold it was outside," Shi said.
He told Xinhua the odors were a result of the bad habits of drivers from the suburbs of Beijing who, because they live far from the downtown area, sometimes sleep and eat meals in their cars.