Feb 10, 2017 General Comments Off on Uber drivers protest as services suspended
Ride-sharing app Uber began a temporary suspension of its passenger services on Friday. That's after the transportation ministry threatened to impose a hefty fine for the illegal operation of transportation services.
The ministry has also demanded that Uber pay taxes, insurance fees and be subject to government control if it wishes to operate legally.
In protest against the clampdown, more than 100 Uber drivers drove their cars around the ministry Friday. Some others staged a sit-in in front of the building.
One Uber driver, Shen Bo-yao, said a special law is the answer.
"All Uber drivers are willing to act in accordance with transport rules. However, we hope that a special law can be enacted, as was the case in Australia and Singapore, to allow individuals to get a business license. We Uber drivers will cooperate 100% [if] there is a more appropriate way to regulate us," said Shen.
As has been the case in other countries, the government has struggled to fit Uber and other such sharing economy ventures into its regulatory framework.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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