Published: July 07, 2014 | Taiwan
Uber, is seeking to introduce its mobile apps to book and track hired vehicles to Taiwan Market, an official from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said.
However, ministry officials said they were still assessing whether the company’s services are legitimate and violate any local transportation rules. Uber began soliciting members in Taiwan through the Internet several months ago by launching discount and other preferential offers.
The apps, when downloaded to the user’s smartphone, detect the global positioning system’s (GPS) space-based satellite navigation system and find the nearest available driver who is a member of the network. Customers can hail a private car, track the car’s progress on a map, pay the driver and even split the fare with friends using a credit card system, all via the Uber smartphone app that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.
In addition to car-hire services, Uber also offers taxi services, which allow customers to book and pay for taxi journeys. If Uber cooperates with car-hire companies to supply car-hiring services, then these companies can use the app to communicate with customers and assign drivers to pick up customers and accept payment.
If Uber collaborates with cab companies in Taiwan, it will need to be licensed to become a taxi services provider and cannot offer discounts. The company will have to charge customers taxi fares based on a flag-down fare and the distance traveled in accordance with related regulations. Uber has filed applications to operate information management, business consulting and even third-party payment services in Taiwan.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said car-hire providers could face fines of between NT$9,000 and NT$90,000, and taxi companies could be fined between NT$50,000 and NT$150,000 if they are found to be in violation of related laws.
Source: Taipei Times