Taxi driv­ers say Didi Kuaidi hurts busi­ness

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Didi Kuaidi, China’s dom­i­nant ride-hail­ing com­pany, keeps grow­ing but faces chal­lenges on two fronts: profit-pinched taxi com­pa­nies are threat­en­ing a law­suit and lo­cal gov­ern­ments are con­sid­er­ing more reg­u­la­tions.

Sev­eral taxi firms in Ji’nan, Shan­dong province say Didi Kuaidi’s ride-hail­ing ser­vices have ex­ten­sively af­fected their “nor­mal and law­ful” oper­a­tions, and they plan to file a class-ac­tion law­suit against the smart­phone-based trans­porta­tion ser­vices com­pany, Ji’nan Daily re­ported.

The le­gal chal­lenge was wel­comed by many taxi driv­ers across the na­tion as they said Didi Kuaidi’s chauf­feur and ride­hail­ing oper­a­tions have se­ri­ously eroded their busi­ness.

Didi Kuaidi was cre­ated in a Fe­bru­ary merger be­tween for­mer ri­vals Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache and it boasts about 160 mil­lion users on its smart­phone plat­forms. By mid-May, its tax­i­hail­ing ser­vice had cov­ered 360 cities and 1.35 mil­lion driv­ers, with daily calls in ex­cess of 4 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. (Photo 2)

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