By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan’s government insists that Uber pay taxes and be responsible to consumers, Minister without Portfolio Tsai Yu-ling said on Wednesday.
If Uber continues on with the current business model of paying no taxes, Taiwan’s overall economy will be impacted, Tsai said.
Uber does not pay taxes and is not responsible in case of an accident, leaving the country’s national health insurance system to handle the aftermath, Tsai said.
Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said that because of Uber’s bad attitude, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) had taken strong measures against Uber.
According to the latest regulations coming into effect on March 21, a driver violating the regulations prohibiting using a private vehicle to transport a passenger for profit twice over a period of six months will face a fine of NT$100,000 and suspension of the driver’s license plate for six months.
Tsai also said that using Uber will compromise one’s personal information as the driver knows the passenger’s phone number and where he or she is waiting for the car. [FULL STORY]