Opinion: Why the return of Uber is good news for everyone

We will learn what decision has been reached at their relaunch tomorrow, as well as what will happen about their outstanding NT$231 million in fines.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/12
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

Uber is finally returning to Taiwan after a two-month hiatus in a decision which will be

(By Taiwan News)

welcomed by everyone, with the exception of a few vested interest groups keen to maintain the existing status quo.

Uber has swept the globe since it was first launched in 2009. It first arrived in Taiwan to much fanfare in 2013 with actor and TV hosts Alex and Lisa Wang taking a ride to mark the occasion. At the time, Taipei was only its third Asian city location, which was an indication of how positively Uber viewed the free-market economy in Taiwan.

Uber in Taiwan

Since then, it has recorded more than 15 million rides and provided work for more than 100,000 drivers. But there have also been significant issues with the Taiwanese Government, which have hamstrung Uber’s operations here and finally led to their withdrawal from the market earlier this year.    [FULL  STORY]

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