Beijing, Shanghai propose curbs on who can drive for ride-hailing services

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 08, 2016 7:00 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Transportation regulators in Beijing and Shanghai are proposing restrictions on who can operate as drivers for ride-hailing services such as Didi Chuxing and Uber [UBER.UL], possibly making it tougher for those services to recruit drivers.

Regulators in Beijing and Shanghai – the transport commissions of the municipal governments of Beijing and Shanghai – separately issued draft policies on Saturday as part of an effort to seek public comment. Both commissions posted draft policies on their respective website.

It was not clear whether the moves were coordinated.

According to the draft regulations, in Beijing the city’s transport commission is proposing to require individuals driving for ride-hailing services to have local household registration, banning migrant workers from outside the mega cities to operate cars for those services.

The city also wants those drivers to operate only locally registered vehicles, among other requirements such as age limits for drivers. Shanghai’s transport commission is proposing almost identical draft regulations.

(Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; editing by Mark Heinrich)