By: Chen Chun-hua, Jeffrey Wu and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan passed the first reading of a proposed amendment to the Highway Act targeting rider-sharing company Uber by raising the maximum fine for the provision of illegal passenger transportation services to NT$25 million (US$783,724).
Under the bill, the maximum fine on operators of illegal transportation services will be raised from its current level of between NT$50,000 and NT$150,000 to between NT$100,000 and NT$25 million. The bill also stipulates that operators who violate the law could be forced to shut down their business and establishes a reward system to encourage the reporting of illegal practices.
The proposed amendment also states that those caught driving for a ride-sharing company will be fined as well as having their vehicle registration and driving license suspended. [FULL STORY]