FOUR taxi drivers were arrested yesterday for illegal possession and use of mobile radio equipment.
Inspector Gordon Leung Wing-foo of Hongkong Island Traffic Headquarters said the operation - conducted with the new Office of Telecommunication Authority - focused on illegal transceivers.
''We believe radio transceivers are used to alert other drivers to a sudden surge in demand for taxis, for example, when the KCR or MTR breaks down,'' he said.
''In addition, drivers use radio scanners to monitor police communications, especially traffic police.'' Police, backed by a telecommunication inspector and four mechanics, intercepted eight taxis on Paterson Street, Causeway Bay.
Mobile radios in three taxis were believed to have been converted to allow two-way transmission and conversation.
Another driver had an unlicensed radio to monitor police communications.