Drafted Guidelines to Standardized Ride Hailing Services Released
After announcing plans of merging, a drafted guidelines that will standardize online car hailing services in China was published after a decision by the State Council recognized the business and the said merger of the two top car hailing apps in the country, the draft was issued by the Ministry of Transportation which lay out the standards for the car hailing services which also bans the services from entering airports and railway stations wherein drivers are given certain parking spots to wait for customers.
Based on the guidelines, drivers using the ride hailing services should be licensed by the authority and that the vehicles used are equipped with wireless internet for customers, mobile phone chargers, tissues among other things that regular taxis are requred to have. The rational behind the banning of ride hailing services in airports and railway stations is for fairness since taxis are asked to line up at airports and railway stations in picking up passengers. This would not be fair to taxi drivers of passengers that have to wait. If both services are allowed to take passengers at the same time might cause chaos or result in one since they follow different set of rules.
Some ride hailing app drivers don’t care much on picking up passengers in airports or railway stations, some even avoid them. One driver said that they are caught easily by authorities at these areas even before they were legalized, while others have a hard time looking for their passengers since GPS in these pickup areas are not working.
The draft is currently out for public opinions until the end of August and will take effect by November 1. The State Council also legitimized the car hailing services through a new regulation.