Date
23 July 2017
Dozens of would-be Uber drivers appeared Wednesday (inset) at the firm's office in Cheung Sha Wan. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily
Dozens of would-be Uber drivers appeared Wednesday (inset) at the firm's office in Cheung Sha Wan. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily

Uber lures new drivers with HK$150 gasoline coupon

Uber has become active again in Hong Kong.

The car-hailing service reopened its office in Cheung Sha Wan recently and drew nearly 80 new drivers to join its team by giving out HK$150 (US$19.35) gasoline coupons as a welcoming gift, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The US-based firm has started a new round of recruitment in Hong Kong through text messages that tell potential drivers they could earn HK$4,000-HK$5,000 during the Halloween period.

Apart from the HK$150 coupon, umbrellas are being offered as welcoming gifts.

New drivers can receive a bonus of HK$1,000 once they have completed 10 orders.

A HK$2,000 referral bonus will be given to a driver who refers a friend to join Uber’s team.

Nearly 80 drivers were seen lining up in front of the Cheung Sha Wan office for registration.

However, most of the applicants said they don’t have a commercial driver’s license.

They could violate the law if they drive for money.

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung criticized Uber for not telling drivers they need to have certain licenses before they can legally carry passengers for hire or reward.

He warned that the drivers could be arrested if police decide to take action against them.

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