Uber’s ride-sharing service has been considered illegal in Taiwan and suspended operations on Feb. 10. But the company may have found a way back in after a recent meeting with the government.
The News Lens
By: Rosemary Chen
Two weeks after Uber announced the suspension of its ride-sharing service in Taiwan, it released a
statement on Feb. 16 saying that it has reached a new agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC).
The statement says the new agreement is an “initial consensus” that allows Uber to “partner with car rental services and operate legally,” and “to continue to provide Taiwanese citizens with safe, reliable and affordable transportation options.”
It was released after a Feb. 16 meeting hosted by the MOTC to discuss Uber’s legality issues in Taiwan. Uber drivers, Uber Taiwan and taxi drivers participated in the discussion.
But not all parties are satisfied with the new agreement. The Uber Drivers Alliance published a Facebook post after the meeting saying the requests of Uber drivers were ignored. This included the drivers’ calls for “Transportation Network Company laws” to be implemented, a government response to the “legal framework of car rental services” and a “timeline for communication across different ministries.” The group also stated that a protest will take place on Feb. 26 in front of the MOTC. [FULL STORY]