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--Uber faced the largest fines the in world--

Uber Technologies Inc said it will suspend its service in Taiwan from Feb. 10, firing the latest salvo in the ride-hailing service company's long-running dispute with the island's authorities.

Uber's move comes after Taiwan recently raised fines against unlicensed ride-sharing services, targeted at Uber, which the company said were the highest in the world. Taiwan has maintained Uber's business is illegal, and at one point last year even considered ordering it to leave the domestic market.

The U.S. company has protested fines against it and defended its model, and in November issued an open letter to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to intervene, appealing to her push to turn Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia.

But the increase in the fines appears to have driven matters to a head.

"We will pause our operations until the president and her government find a solution," Damian Kassabgi, director of Uber's public policy in the Asia-Pacific region, said in an emailed statement.

Uber said there was no timeline for how long the suspension would last. The suspension would not affect UberEATS, its the meal takeaway service that relies primarily on scooters for deliveries and was launched in November last year on the island.


Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications was not immediately available to comment.

In a statement on its website, Uber said it hoped its service suspension would "reset the conversation and inspire President Tsai to take action." The statement did not specify what action Uber wanted the president to take.

Uber operates in Taiwan as an internet-based technology platform rather than as a transportation company, which its opponents and Taiwanese authorities have said is a mis-representation of its service.

The company has argued that it provides a technology service and has said there are over 10,000 driver-partners, mainly local citizens, registered on its platform in Taiwan who use the opportunity afforded by Uber to earn income.

Uber has been facing similar legal scrutiny in markets across Asia. It entered the Taiwan market in 2013, and its growing popularity has triggered anger among domestic taxi drivers, who staged a massive protest against Uber last year.

The company has been consulting with the government on a new cross-border e-commerce bill and offered specific suggestions on ride-sharing regulations, according to its statement on Thursday. It has also secured local insurance and has reached out to collaborate with the local taxi industry, the statement said.

UPDATE: Uber ordered to pay TAIPEI, Taiwan regulators --
The embattled ride-hailing service Uber Taiwan abruptly announced that it would suspend all operations starting next Friday, shortly after it was ordered to pay fines of over NT$200 million. ($50,000,000) Fifty Million U$ Dollars.
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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/02/uber...taiwan-authorities-by-suspending-service.html
--Uber faced the largest fines the in world--

Uber Technologies Inc said it will suspend its service in Taiwan from Feb. 10, firing the latest salvo in the ride-hailing service company's long-running dispute with the island's authorities.

Uber's move comes after Taiwan recently raised fines against unlicensed ride-sharing services, targeted at Uber, which the company said were the highest in the world. Taiwan has maintained Uber's business is illegal, and at one point last year even considered ordering it to leave the domestic market.

The U.S. company has protested fines against it and defended its model, and in November issued an open letter to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to intervene, appealing to her push to turn Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia.

But the increase in the fines appears to have driven matters to a head.

"We will pause our operations until the president and her government find a solution," Damian Kassabgi, director of Uber's public policy in the Asia-Pacific region, said in an emailed statement.

Uber said there was no timeline for how long the suspension would last. The suspension would not affect UberEATS, its the meal takeaway service that relies primarily on scooters for deliveries and was launched in November last year on the island.


Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications was not immediately available to comment.

In a statement on its website, Uber said it hoped its service suspension would "reset the conversation and inspire President Tsai to take action." The statement did not specify what action Uber wanted the president to take.

Uber operates in Taiwan as an internet-based technology platform rather than as a transportation company, which its opponents and Taiwanese authorities have said is a mis-representation of its service.

The company has argued that it provides a technology service and has said there are over 10,000 driver-partners, mainly local citizens, registered on its platform in Taiwan who use the opportunity afforded by Uber to earn income.

Uber has been facing similar legal scrutiny in markets across Asia. It entered the Taiwan market in 2013, and its growing popularity has triggered anger among domestic taxi drivers, who staged a massive protest against Uber last year.

The company has been consulting with the government on a new cross-border e-commerce bill and offered specific suggestions on ride-sharing regulations, according to its statement on Thursday. It has also secured local insurance and has reached out to collaborate with the local taxi industry, the statement said.
Communist China is about to gobble up Taiwan anyway.
The COMMUNIST CHINEESE DENY TAIWANS RIGHT TO EXIST,AND WISH TO ANNEX TAIWAN.
WHERE IS THE WORLD OUTCRY !!!?
Media would rather focus on Uber Protestors wearing boots on their heads ! America should quit buying from Communist China ! If it were Russia annexing Taiwan the Democrats would be screaming Bloody Murder !

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Communist China is about to gobble up Taiwan anyway.
The COMMUNIST CHINEESE DENY TAIWANS RIGHT TO EXIST,AND WISH TO ANNEX TAIWAN.
WHERE IS THE WORLD OUTCRY !!!?
Media would rather focus on Uber Protestors wearing boots on their heads ! America should quit buying from Communist China ! If it were Russia annexing Taiwan the Democrats would be screaming Bloody Murder !
I realise you guys over there are a little confused when it comes your own politics, let alone international political history or fact.
Taiwan has always been a breakaway region and is China.
The US recognises now and always has;

Taiwan is a province of China

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--Uber faced the largest fines the in world--

Uber Technologies Inc said it will suspend its service in Taiwan from Feb. 10, firing the latest salvo in the ride-hailing service company's long-running dispute with the island's authorities.

Uber's move comes after Taiwan recently raised fines against unlicensed ride-sharing services, targeted at Uber, which the company said were the highest in the world. Taiwan has maintained Uber's business is illegal, and at one point last year even considered ordering it to leave the domestic market.

The U.S. company has protested fines against it and defended its model, and in November issued an open letter to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to intervene, appealing to her push to turn Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia.

But the increase in the fines appears to have driven matters to a head.

"We will pause our operations until the president and her government find a solution," Damian Kassabgi, director of Uber's public policy in the Asia-Pacific region, said in an emailed statement.

Uber said there was no timeline for how long the suspension would last. The suspension would not affect UberEATS, its the meal takeaway service that relies primarily on scooters for deliveries and was launched in November last year on the island.


Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications was not immediately available to comment.

In a statement on its website, Uber said it hoped its service suspension would "reset the conversation and inspire President Tsai to take action." The statement did not specify what action Uber wanted the president to take.

Uber operates in Taiwan as an internet-based technology platform rather than as a transportation company, which its opponents and Taiwanese authorities have said is a mis-representation of its service.

The company has argued that it provides a technology service and has said there are over 10,000 driver-partners, mainly local citizens, registered on its platform in Taiwan who use the opportunity afforded by Uber to earn income.

Uber has been facing similar legal scrutiny in markets across Asia. It entered the Taiwan market in 2013, and its growing popularity has triggered anger among domestic taxi drivers, who staged a massive protest against Uber last year.

The company has been consulting with the government on a new cross-border e-commerce bill and offered specific suggestions on ride-sharing regulations, according to its statement on Thursday. It has also secured local insurance and has reached out to collaborate with the local taxi industry, the statement said.
It's typical uber crying boo-hoo when things don't go their way. It's nothing new.
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It's typical uber crying boo-hoo when things don't go their way. It's nothing new.
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There are a lot of regulatory hurdles in achieving world hegemony in the transportation industry, anyone could have seen this coming. The ride for hire section has the fingers of a lot of different bureaucracies in it.
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