Shenzhen taxi drivers stage strike in protest against Didi, Uber

January 05, 2016 13:24
Long queues were seen at a taxi station in Lo Wu as many Shenzhen cab drivers went on a strike Monday to protest app-powered ride-hailing services. Photos: Wen Wei Po, Apple Daily

Shenzhen taxi drivers went on a strike Monday in a protest against ride-hailing services such as Didi Kuaidi and Uber.

Complaining that app-powered transport services are hurting the business of traditional taxis, around 70 to 80 percent of Shenzhen's 16,000 licensed cab drivers joined the strike.

Long queues were seen at the taxi stations near the Lo Wu, Huanggang Port and Lok Ma Chau border crossing areas. People had to wait for extended periods to get a ride, Apple Daily reported.

Some gypsy cab operators took advantage of the situation and fleeced passengers. In one case, an operator charged 150 yuan for a ride that would normally cost 60 yuan. 

A taxi driver surnamed Yam said he used to earn around 200 to 300 yuan per shift, but now his income has shrunk to around 100 yuan per day due to private car-hailing services.

Last month, taxi drivers in Beijing staged a protest during which the demonstrators blocked the headquarters of Didi Taxi.

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