Uber said it would relaunch its ride-hailing help in Taiwan following a two-month hiatus on the island then sparring with authorities over legal issues. The San Francisco-based giant, which has struggled regulatory roadblocks around the world despite its massive popularity, omitted operations in Taiwan in February due to an “impasse” with professionals who assumed it illegal. On Monday the organization said it would be reappearing the market with a new business model. Earlier, Uber has released the Uber Lost & Found India Index, and it has listed the most lost things in the taxi.
“A brand fresh Uber will serve Taiwanese once repeatedly,” it said in a statement, without presenting details or a date for the restart. A source at Uber who requested not to be named said the model would involve working with “legal car apartment operators.”
Since it enrolled the Taiwan market in 2013, Uber had been racking up fines for running a business without the regular registration to operate as a taxi service. In January authorizations hiked the highest possible penalty to TWD 25 million ($815,940) per driver the biggest in the world.
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The company retracted from the market a month later, criticizing the government’s actions for preventing innovation and designated on President Tsai Ing-wen to take action. Taiwan’s transportation ministry said it would welcome Uber as long as it works with licensed individual drivers.
“The problem with self-use drivers was meeting and inadequate protection for customers,” Hu Ti-chi, an administrator at the ministry’s administration of railways and highways, reported AFP. Local media described that the firm still has about TWD 830 million in outstanding fines.
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Uber has encountered stiff resistance from traditional taxi drivers across the world, as well as bans in some places over protection concerns. In neighboring Thailand police have intimidated to shut down Uber and recently taken to arresting and seizing its drivers.
However, the smartphone app emphasizes it is not a transport company like taxi firms, and that it is simply a platform attaching drivers and passengers. In Myanmar, it says that it is in talks with Yangon’s regional government to launch in the city “very soon.”