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Police and officials step up crackdown on Uber

Staff writer, with CNA

Transportation officials are preparing to work with police in the six special municipalities next month to step up their crackdown on Uber, a ride-sharing service provider that has become popular in Taiwan despite its illegality.

Police are next month to begin issuing tickets directly to Uber drivers. In the past the tickets were issued after transport authorities, disguised as passengers, obtained the license plate numbers and drivers’ information and passed the information to police, the Directorate-General of Highways said yesterday.

The announcement came after the Ministry of Transportations and Communications introduced heavier fines in March targeting private drivers working with ride-hailing services.

The fine for a first-time offender driving a private car seating less than nine passengers, or a truck weighing less than 3.5 tonnes is NT$50,000 with the vehicle’s license plate to be suspended for two months.

Fines for second to fourth offenses have increased to between NT$60,000 and NT$80,000, while license plate suspensions remain at between three and six months.

Offenders are to be fined NT$100,000 for the fifth and all subsequent breaches and license plates are to be revoked.

The directorate said Uber has registered in Taiwan as an information services business while in reality it is operating a taxi service.

Uber spokesman Harold Li (李文駿) said the company will give its full support to affected drivers.

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