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Taxi app Uber pleads with commuters for Facebook support

Taxi app Uber pleads with commuters for Facebook support

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) With app-based transport network Uber facing legal hurdles in Taiwan and a government call for the public to report on similar services, the U.S.-based company has called for patrons to show their support by posting on Facebook. "If you support Uber's operation in Taiwan and share with our belief to take advantage of an economic transport option, please leave a message to keep Uber in Taiwan," the company wrote on its page. Over 200 people had left supportive messages within three hours of Uber's request. To underscore its devotion to continuing operations in Taiwan, the company also linked to a post on its blog titled "Keep Taipei Moving," which argues that Taipei needs ridesharing and should "embrace its reputation as a city that encourages innovation." Launched in 2010, the Uber app for iOS and Android takes ride requests from users and pairs them with drivers to avoid the hassle of hailing a taxi. But the service itself has run into numerous hassles in Taiwan. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications has said its operations are illegal because Uber is registered locally as an information service, not a transportation business. The ministry has asked the public to report any violations on the part of Uber and called for people to avoid unlicensed taxi services. It also said that Uber has recruited drivers who do not have commercial driver's licenses, which are required for taxi drivers. The Directorate General of Highways has slapped fines of NT$8 million (US$252,000) on Uber for "seriously damaging the existing market order." The highway office has threatened to enhance its crackdown on illegal taxi operations by the company through measures such as confiscating vehicle license plates. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-07-31 03:18 GMT+08:00