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China first country to create regulations for on-demand mobility

by Futures Centre, Oct 25
1 minute read

China has set out a policy for nationwide regulations for on-demand mobility (ODM) services, such as American Uber and its Chinese counterpart Didi Chuxing, giving them legal status. This is a world first, the Vice Minister of Transport Liu Xiaoming claims: many countries either ban the services or allow them to operate in a grey, unregulated area. 

The regulations, provisional for now, mandate that:

  • ODM companies are responsible for the licensing of fleets and drivers
  • ODM companies must buy insurance for passengers and pay taxes
  • Cars can no longer offer rides after 600,000km or more than eight years of use
  • Drivers must have no criminal record relating to drug or alcohol misuse, driving or violence
  • ODM companies must not undercut market prices.


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