Uber launched food delivery service “Uber EATS” illegally in Taipei on Tuesday, raising eyebrows in Taiwan, which has imposed heavy fines on the company over its illegal car pool services.
Uber EATS, which began its food delivery service from 11 a.m., said it’s working with over 100 local restaurants in the city, including Tripod King hotpot chain stores and Shintori.
“By tapping into the Uber network, you can get anything from our roster of local restaurants, fast,” UberEATS website says. UberEATS said it will not set a minimum order during the initial period.
Uber EATS, which has provided food delivery service in over 50 cities around the world, urged people older than 19 to put their motorbikes into use and join their services. However, the motorbike cannot be older than 15 years, and the deliverer must not have any criminal records.
According to Uber’s official website, for a three-kilometer delivery, Uber EATS charges the customer a total of NT$90.1. After a deduction of 25 percent that will go to Uber, the deliverer can still make NT$67.6 for the trip.
However, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said whether providing taxi service or food delivery service, Uber is not a legal transportation operator in Taiwan, and the authorities will crack down on either service that Uber provides.
The DGH said it will begin collecting evidence before issuing fines, which range between NT$50,000 to NT$150,000.
Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said Uber should have found business models that are within legal limits, denouncing the tech company for repeatedly challenging the country’s law enforcement.
Fines will be slapped on them for as long as they remain illegal, he said.
Uber EATS Asia Pacific general manager Somon Rossie said Uber EATS is set up as an information platform, which matches the demand of restaurants and consumers, adding that he hoped to have dialog with the government.