Menu
Another Uber office in China faces government scrutiny

Another Uber office in China faces government scrutiny

Uber's business continues to operate without disruptions, according to the company

Chinese authorities visited an Uber office in the country on Wednesday, just a week after another company office faced a local police raid over its ride-hailing service.

Local authorities came to Uber's office in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Uber confirmed in en email. But the visit was "routine," it added.

"There are no disruptions to the Uber platform, and it's business as usual," the company said.

Chengdu authorities have opened an investigation against Uber, but its office has not been closed, according to local media. Uber did not elaborate, and Chengdu's Transportation Committee could not be immediately reached for comment.

The visit follows a police raid of an Uber office in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, reportedly for letting private drivers use the ride-hailing service without proper qualifications.

Uber recently entered the Chinese market. But its practice of helping private car owners connect with customers in need of ride was banned in the country earlier this year.

However, Uber is still operating in the country, and has managed to sidestep the ban, by employing licensed car rental firms to offer its ride-hailing service, although the prices can be high.

In addition, the company also offers a "People's Uber" service, that still attempts to help private car owners find customers wanting transportation. The customer fees for this service tend to be lower than local taxi fares, and Uber claims to make no profit from it.

People's Uber is available in Chengdu and Guangzhou besides several other Chinese cities.

On Wednesday, Chinese media uploaded photos showing local officials visiting the Uber office in Chengdu.

As of Thursday, the Uber service in Chengdu was still online. Uber has said it's cooperating with the authorities.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Uber Technologymobile applicationsregulationtransportationmobilegovernmentindustry verticals

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments