Shanghai will ban the use of taxi booking applications during traffic peak hours starting from March, Caijing.com reported Thursday, citing a notice issued by the city’s transportation authority. The move comes as a growing number of drivers were refusing to take passengers that do not make bookings via apps, the report said, noting that the drivers were seeking to protect their ‘tips’ from app operators. Currently, two taxi-hailing apps dominate the market. One is Didi Dache, backed by web titan Tencent Holdings (00700.HK), and the other is Kuaidi Dache, partly owned by Alibaba Group.
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