Taxi drivers say Didi Kuaidi hurts business
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)