Uber to face charges: ministry

COMPETITIVE BALANCE:A National Taiwan Normal University dean said that, instead of trying to eradicate Uber, the government should guide it into becoming a leasing business

Taipei Times
Date:  Dec 07, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is planning to press criminal charges to stop what it feels are illegal ride-sharing services offered by Uber Taiwan, ministry sources said yesterday.

Since September last year, the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) has imposed more than NT$40 million (US$1.22 million) in fines on Uber Taiwan and its drivers for violating the Highway Act (公路法), which bans unlicensed operators of transportation services.

However, those fines have failed to stop the practices, the ministry sources said.

Uber runs transportation services in Taiwan, but has refused to apply for the required licenses and has never paid taxes in Taiwan because its earnings from the services are all booked overseas, according to the ministry.     [FULL  STORY]

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