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China Strengthens Oversight of the Whole Chain of Ride-Hailing Services

Mon, 14 Mar 2022
Categories: China Legal Trends

In February 2022, the Ministry of Transport and other seven departments jointly issued the revised “Notice on the Strengthening of Joint Supervision of the Whole Chain of Online Ride-Hailing Industry Including In-progress Rides and After-Journey Services” (hereinafter “the 2022 Notice”, 关于加强网络预约出租汽车行业事前事中事后全链条联合监管有关工作的通知).

The Notice is revised from its 2018 version, based on which regulation of the online hailing business is further tightened.

The 2022 Notice incorporates eight illegal activities into joint supervision, including:

  • online ride-hailing operators conducting unauthorized business activities without obtaining an online ride-hailing service license,
  • assigning business to drivers and vehicles that do not have a corresponding taxi permit,
  • failing to submit relevant data to an online ride-hailing information exchange platform run by the government,
  • infringing labor rights of platforms’ drivers, and
  • endangering public interest, disrupting social order, and impacting social safety and stability.

China’s ride-hailing giant has been subjected to unprecedentedly strict supervision following its IPO in July 2021. The 2022 Notice reflects the Chinese government’s latest approach to the online ride-hailing industry.



Cover Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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