Search Keywords
Financial Times Wall Street Journal Economist
News Period From   To
News: 60885    Funds: $437    Pays: $524

Go Back to
News List
|
|
This News on
Daily Paywall
  Rated 132 | Views 470
Rate it | Share it 

Technology
Uber Fights to Stay in Taiwan
From the Wall Street Journal of Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:55:15 EST
Taxis stop for a red light in Taiwan, where the transport ministry has said Uber is violating the country's highway laws, heaping more regulatory scrutiny on the car-hailing service.
Taxis stop for a red light in Taiwan, where the transport ministry has said Uber is violating the country's highway laws, heaping more regulatory scrutiny on the car-hailing service. European Pressphoto Agency

TAIPEI—Uber Technologies Inc. is pushing to put its business in the clear in Taiwan after the authorities there declared its car-hailing service illegal, in another regulatory challenge for the company.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications said in two statements dated December 18 and 19 that Uber is violating the island’s highway laws, saying the chauffeured-car service provider doesn’t have a transport-service license to operate legally.

The ministry added that it is working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the possibility of revoking Uber’s business registration in Taiwan, adding that the company is hiring unlicensed drivers, which could pose safety risks to passengers.

While Uber hasn't yet been prevented from operating in Taiwan, it continues to incur fines and faces further regulatory scrutiny.

“The ministry has repeatedly asked Uber to stop the illegal operation and apply for a transport service license…but so far the ministry hasn’t received any application from Uber,” the December 18 statement said.

As of that date, Uber has been issued with 30 fines totaling NT$2.55 million (US$81,000), and another NT$1.65 million worth of penalties have been handed to drivers, the ministry said.

A spokeswoman for Uber said Monday: “We are disappointed with the MOTC’s (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) statement against Uber and are following all legal due processes with regards to the appeals. We have had many constructive conversations with the local authorities and hope to continue those engagements.”

The startup is facing increased scrutiny across Asia. Regulators in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore are examining the service’s legality.

Valued at $41.2 billion, the five-year-old company is already facing bans and stiff opposition from incumbent taxi operators in cities across the world.

Last week France said it would ban the car-hailing company’s Uberpop service, which uses drivers without professional licenses. Paris taxis also took to the streets in a protest against the U.S. company’s “unfair competition.”

Uber suspended operations in Nevada in late November after a judge issued an injunction against the startup amid accusations that it competes unfairly with taxis, because it doesn’t follow the same rules regarding drivers, insurance and more.

Elsewhere, regulators in Brussels are readying new laws that would allow Uber and taxis to coexist.

Write to Aries Poon at aries.poon@wsj.com



This article is provided by DailyPaywall.com, which is published and distributed by Paolo Cirio Ltd., registered in England, number 8188080. Registered Office: Suite 36, 88-90 Hatton Garden, City of London, EC1 N8PG, United Kingdom. Paolo Cirio Ltd. alone is responsible and liable for information and services provided through Daily Paywall’s newspaper and website.







Earn Money
Offer Money
Buy Advertising
Buy Artwork Article

Similar Articles
Get Paid to Get Informed