Authorities in Guangzhou to crack down on private car services from Uber and 5 other Chinese companies

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Uber’s office in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou announced that it will ban cars licensed outside the city following orders from local authorities, Chinese newspaper Guangzhou Daily reported on Tuesday.

The Guangzhou municipal government’s transportation department demanded that Uber ban the operation of private cars that are licensed outside of the city on its platform.

Five other Chinese online ride-hailing service providers including Didi Kuaidi, UCAR, Yidao Yongche Inc., AA Pinche, and Xingxing Dache have also received the order. Authorities have issued two warnings to these companies since last December.

Since the first warning was issued in mid-December, 100,000 private cars in Guangzhou have been suspended on these six platforms. Didi Kuaidi, Yidao Yongche Inc., and Xingxing Dache have said that they will follow the orders issued by the transportation department.

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