China cracks down on taxi apps like Uber, banning unlicensed cars and drivers

The Chinese government is introducing tighter regulations on taxi apps like Uber by banning their use of unlicensed cars and drivers. A statement released late on January 8th by the Ministry of Transport said: “Every limousine app company should abide by transport market rules, take their responsibilities seriously, and ban private cars from operating on their platform.” Although no individual services were named, the new rules will affect US firm Uber as well as local incumbents Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache. The ministry explained that “banning private cars from using the apps will put passengers at ease.”

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