Uber decides to follow Taiwan’s transportation regulations
Oct 01, 2019GeneralComments Off on Uber decides to follow Taiwan’s transportation regulations
Taipei-Ride-hailing service Uber announced Tuesday that it has decided to change its operating model in Taiwan and partner with local taxi fleets, a move that will avoid violation of an amended law dubbed the "Uber clause."
The U.S.-based company said in a statement that it will work with the taxi industry and serve as a technology platform under the government's Multi Purpose Taxi scheme, which allows app-based metering, upfront pricing and flexible vehicle appearances rather than the standard yellow of Taiwanese taxis.
Under the new model, "riders won't see any change to the app experience or the service they have been used to," Uber said.
The transition has settled the much-debated Article 103-1 of the Regulations for Automobile Transportation Operators that took effect June 6 and bans Uber from offering taxi services through business partnerships with local car rental operators, as it has been doing.
While a transitional period was allowed, those violating the revised regulations will face fines ranging from NT$9,000 (US$285) to NT$90,000 from Oct. 6, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
As for the 10,000 Uber drivers, the ministry said it has been assisting them in obtaining the required taxi service operation permit if they decide to remain in the business.