Date
16 December 2017
Driver Lam (inset) says he switched to Kuaidadi from Uber as he feels the former will offer more work security as well as income. Photos: vvipone.com, Sky Post
Driver Lam (inset) says he switched to Kuaidadi from Uber as he feels the former will offer more work security as well as income. Photos: vvipone.com, Sky Post

Alibaba-backed Kuaidadi eyes opportunity amid Uber woes

Kuaidadi, a car-hailing app that is backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, appears eager to fill the market void in Hong Kong as global giant Uber Technologies comes under a police crackdown.

The mainland-based company has recently launched a bargain offer, “Kuaidi ONE”, for those who want to go to the international airport in Chek Lap Kok, Sky Post reported.

According to a Kuaidadi driver surnamed Lam, a passenger going from Tin Shui Wai in Yuen Long to the airport and using the special offer will only need to pay HK$199 (US$25.7) one way and can get a cash rebate coupon worth HK$100.

That suggests that the actual fare, excluding tunnel and bridge fees, is only HK$99.

In contrast, the fare for a traditional taxi ride on the same route comes to around HK$300.

Lam was quoted as saying that he had just switched over to Kuaidadi and become a “Kuaidi ONE” driver, leaving his former employer Uber.

He quit Uber for two reasons, he said. One, the company has been targeted by regulatory authorities. Secondly, he also became unhappy as Uber was taking a 20 percent share of his income.

As Kuaidadi is under the umbrella of Alibaba, which is headed by prominent Chinese businessman Jack Ma, Lam feels that authorities will not try to suppress the service.

Lai Hoi-ping, chairman of the Hong Kong Taxi Association, meanwhile said he believes that most of the “Kuaidi ONE” are also “pak pai” cars, or vehicles without car hire permits, which authorities are seeking to curb.

Under the Road Traffic Regulations, a private car can not be rented or take passengers for monetary reward. Violators can face a fine of up to HK$5,000 and three months imprisonment.

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