By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and ride-hailing service company Uber failed to resolve their differences over a new rule that will prohibit Uber from using its current operating model in Taiwan.
The 60-day consultation period for the new proposal concluded on Friday, and the MOTC said it will now review public comments received during the period, go through a final review process, and draft measures for Uber drivers who want to become taxi drivers before the new rules take effect.
“Our direction remains unchanged, and Uber must choose between operating with rental car companies under the new rule, or becoming a taxi company to continue its current service model,” MOTC official Hu Di-chi (胡迪琦) told CNA.
The proposed changes announced in February would prohibit drivers partnering with rental car companies, with whom Uber has been working over the past two years, from driving around looking for passengers or waiting for fares at taxi stands or other areas. [FULL STORY]