Uber says it will suspend services in Taiwan from Feb. 10

Taipei--The U.S.-based ride-hailing company Uber said Thursday that it will suspend its ride-sharing services in Taiwan with effect from Feb. 10 amid media reports that it will soon face an order from the Transportation Ministry to suspend operations in this country.

Local media have reported that Uber has been caught for more than 48 violations since Jan. 6, when an amendment to the Highway Act that raises the maximum fine for the provision of illegal passenger transportation services to NT$25 million (US$802,629) took effect, for a total of more than NT$1.1 billion in the space of less than a month.

The reports also said that the ministry was expected to issue an order Thursday to force Uber to stop operations.

Uber, registered in Taiwan as an information services company, does not have legal permission to operate transportation services, according to the government.

The ministry said that Uber had been fined a total of NT$68.45 million for 481 violations and its drivers had been fined NT$20.83 million as of late December last year.

Under the new amendment to the Highway Act that was passed in December 2016, the maximum fine against operators of illegal transportation services has been increased from between NT$50,000 and NT$150,000 to between NT$100,000 and NT$25 million.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel