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Uber urged to stop provoking Taiwan authorities

Uber urged to stop provoking Taiwan authorities

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday that it has asked Uber to desist from provoking the country's authorities and warned that if the company continues its illegal operations, it will be penalized. In a statement, the ministry said it has advised the U.S.-based company to cooperate with the Taiwan government's investigation into allegations that it is conducting illegal transportation business in the country. The company should immediately instruct its Taiwan operator to "stop the ridiculous act of publicly provoking the authorities," the ministry said. The warning came after Uber, an app-based transportation network and taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, launched an online campaign to gather supporters for a boycott of any moves by the MOTC to stop Uber's operations. 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. C.T. Lin, chairman of Taiwan Taxi, has threatened to launch another taxi fleet to counter Uber's efforts in Taiwan, while the Taipei Taxi Drivers' Association has revealed a plan to collect NT$10 million to offer as cash rewards for people who report illegal practices by Uber. According to the MOTC, Uber's operations are illegal because the company is registered locally as an information service, not a transportation business. Also, Uber has been found recruiting drivers who do not have commercial driver's licenses, which are required for Taiwan taxi drivers, the ministry said. It has appealed to the public to report any violations on the part of Uber and called for people to avoid taking unlicensed taxis. The Directorate General of Highways has slapped fines of NT$8 million (US$252,000) on Uber for "seriously damaging the existing market order." (By Angela Tsai and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-04-13 19:37 GMT+08:00