New rule for car-sharing drivers: Learn English
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.