Uber faces Beijing crackdown

15 Dec 2014, Jinan, Shandong Province, China — —FILE—A mobile phone user uses taxi-hailing app Uber in Jinan city, east China’s Shandong province, 15 December 2014. Car-hailing apps such as Uber are facing a new year crackdown against «illegal» taxi drivers in Beijing, making the city the latest in a long line of trouble spots for the San Francisco-based start-up that has sought to disrupt city transport worldwide. Liang Jiangwei, director of Beijing’s traffic enforcement unit, said in a statement to the Financial Times on Wednesday (7 January 2015) that the use of unlicensed taxis by internet hailing apps violated a ban on illegal taxis. He said a crackdown began on January 1, and drivers face fines of up to 20,000 yuan ($3,221). «Some of these vehicles are ‘taxi clones’,» he said. «Many passengers have filed complaints.» According to the Beijing Youth Daily, a state-run paper: «This is the first time that — Image by © Imaginechina/Corbis

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