Chinese authorities ‘interview’ Uber again

Online taxi-hailing service investigated by Chinese authorities for the second time

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Local authorities from Chengdu, a southwestern city in China, visited Uber yesterday in a new investigation into the online ride-hailing service.

"A few of our departments visited Uber's offices to conduct interviews or an investigation," the spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Ren, who gave only her last name, said she did not have information on the details of the investigation.

One of the ten Uber’s offices in China, Guangzhou also had official visitors last week. Authorities had raided Uber’s office on the suspicion of an “unlicensed” operation, according to a Xinhua news agency report on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Uber said the visit was routine. She also did not provide more details.

"There are no disruptions to the Uber platform and it’s business as usual," she said in a statement.

It’s estimated that number of ride-hailing app users will be 45 million by 2015 in China, according to Chinese Research firm iResearch.

The domestic firms Kuadi Dache and Didi Dache are dominant players in the market, with a more than 90 percent share in total. In February the two firms, backed by Alibaba and Tencent, stated that they would consolidate under one roof.

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