Car-hailing rules in Beijing, Shanghai call for local drivers
Detailed ride-sharing rules issued by Beijing and Shanghai requiring drivers to have local residency and license plates mean that vast majority of drivers currently in service will be ineligible.
Beijing and Shanghai have published detailed rules on ride-sharing service, requiring private car drivers offering chauffeur service to have city household registrations and city license plates.
These rules mean that the vast majority of drivers or vehicles currently offering such services will become ineligible.
The detailed rules of the two cities follow a period of soliciting public opinion after draft regulations were published on October 8. Car-hailing platform Didi Chuxing said on Wednesday that it is encouraged by improvements in new local ride-sharing rules announced in Beijing and Shanghai.
More than 17 million flexible work and income opportunities were provided in 2016 on its ride-sharing platform, where more than 2.07 million Didi and Uber China drivers make on average RMB 160 (USD 23) every day, Didi said.
China legalized online car-booking services in November 1, but left it to local authorities to impose eligibility requirements on service providers.
Unlike Didi Chuxing, companies such as UCAR do not rely on private cars to offer their services.
Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, also posted its rule on Wednesday, requiring drivers to have local household registration or a resident permit.
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