Uber considers leaving Taiwan again: Nikkei Asian Review

Ride-hailing company is dissatisfied with Ministry of Transportation proposals

Uber is considering leaving Taiwan.

Uber is considering leaving Taiwan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - United States ride-hailing company Uber Technologies is considering a withdrawal from Taiwan again due to new regulations proposed by the government, Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday.

The new law would require Uber to charge hourly and daily fares instead of a rate based on the distance, while hailing a Uber car on the street would also be banned, the report said.

Because of the Ministry of Transportation’s proposals to changing the rules, it would become difficult for Uber to run “properly,” leading to an eventual reconsideration of all its operations, the company’s policy chief for North Asia Emilie Potvin told the Nikkei Asian Review.

The plans pit rental car agencies, which work with Uber, against taxi drivers, who put up strong resistance about the competition from the American company.

Taiwan is Uber’s most successful market in North Asia with three million registered users and more than 10,000 drivers, according to website teletrader.com.

In 2017, the company suspended operations in Taiwan for two months following hefty fines.