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Uber breaking rules: Transportation Ministry

Uber breaking rules: Transportation Ministry

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Taxi app Uber has been breaking the rules and fooling consumers with deceptive arguments, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday after Uber launched a Facebook campaign to drum up commuter support. The ministry said Uber's operations are illegal because the company is registered locally as an information service rather than as a transportation business. It also said that Uber has recruited drivers who do not have commercial driver's licenses, which are required for taxi drivers. While the company promised the ministry it would follow existing rules, it did not change the way it ran its business, said transportation official Hu Ti-chi. Hu said the ministry has suggested that Uber obtain the necessary licenses or work with a partner in the sector, but Uber did not take its advice. Uber is also being disingenuous when it accuses the government of preventing the creation of job opportunities by cracking down on Uber's operations, the government said, because the U.S.-based company itself is operating illegally. Officials at the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Investment Commission said they will look into the matter once they get official data from the MOTC.
"Uber could be deprived of its right to remit foreign exchanges and even have its investment permit revoked," said an Investment Commission official who requested anonymity.
On its Facebook page, on which the U.S.-based company is calling for customers to show their support by posting messages, Uber linked an article to a post on its blog titled "Keep Taipei Moving." The article blasted the MOTC for "publicly attacking progress" by fining its drivers and suspending their vehicles. "If you support Uber's operation in Taiwan and share with our belief to take advantage of an economic transportation option, please leave a message to keep Uber in Taiwan," the company wrote on its page. "The world is embracing ride-sharing and Taiwan consumers are embracing ride-sharing. We hope that Taiwan will embrace its reputation as a city that encourages innovation so that this transportation option can continue into the future," it said. Nearly 300 people had left supportive messages within nine hours of Uber's request. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-05-19 03:04 GMT+08:00