New rule for car-shar­ing driv­ers: Learn English

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Driv­ers for Bei­jing's bur­geon­ing car-hail­ing apps will have to re­fine their English-lan­guage skills.

A li­cense that al­lows driv­ers to work for such apps in Bei­jing re­quires three tests. Two are writ­ten ex­ams — one for gen­eral driv­ing knowl­edge and an­other for driv­ing in Bei­jing, in­clud­ing the city's trans­port sys­tem and an English lis­ten­ing test — fol­lowed by a driv­ing test.

The new move came af­ter China tough­ened reg­u­la­tions on its Uber-like apps in Oc­to­ber, mak­ing it even harder for driv­ers to get a li­cense in megac­i­ties like Bei­jing and Shang­hai, where such apps at­tract their ma­jor clien­tele — af­flu­ent ur­ban­ites — and driv­ers are re­quired to be lo­cals and have lo­cal car plates.

Be­fore the Oc­to­ber reg­u­la­tion, app-or­dered cars with plates reg­is­tered out­side Bei­jing hit the road, which, ac­cord­ing to some crit­ics, were partly re­spon­si­ble for the city's no­to­ri­ous traf­fic con­ges­tion.

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