Shanghai fines Didi, Meituan for illegal ride-hailing practices

Xinhua Published: 2019-08-14 22:01:27
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Online ride-hailing platforms Didi and Meituan were fined 5.5 million yuan (783,955 U.S. dollars) and 1.47 million yuan respectively in July for illegal practices.

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The logo of Didi Chuxing is printed on the door of a car. [File Photo: IC]

Transport and communications authorities in Shanghai for the first time launched a joint on-site inspection into online ride-hailing platforms on Monday and Tuesday.

At the Shanghai branch office of Didi Chuxing on Tuesday, inspectors found that Didi sent car-hailing orders to drivers and vehicles without operation qualifications and thus imposed a penalty of 200,000 yuan.

In July, a total of 21 inspections into 14 online car-hailing platforms were carried out, with 114 tickets being issued for illegal activities including platform's failure to remove unlawful taxis and share all car-hailing information in real time with the authorities.

Inspectors said that further actions, including removing the car-hailing service apps from app stores and suspension of businesses, will be taken if the platforms fail to rectify their unlawful business activities.

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