Fri­day China le­gal­izes on­line car-rid­ing ser­vices

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Starting Novem­ber 1, on­line car-rid­ing ser­vices can op­er­ate law­fully in China, the world’s largest ride-hail­ing mar­ket.

Uber Tech­nolo­gies Inc, Didi Chux­ing and Yi­dao Yongche are bat­tling for cus­tomers in hun­dreds of Chi­nese cities, but they have oper­ated in a gray area of the law.

The new reg­u­la­tion re­leased on Thurs­day by the Min­istry of Transport says that pri­vate cars can be des­ig­nated car-hail­ing cars af­ter they meet cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing hav­ing no more than seven seats, be equipped with GPS and emer­gency alarm de­vices.

All driv­ers must reg­is­ter with lo­cal taxi reg­u­la­tors and can­not have crim­i­nal records. Cars used in car-hail­ing ser­vices will be re­quired to stop of­fer­ing rides af­ter eight years, and they will be forced to re­tire af­ter run­ning 600,000 kilo­me­ters (373,000 miles).

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