(Yicai Global) Dec. 19 -- Chinese online car-hailing juggernaut Didi Chuxing is poised to enter the Taiwanese market to provide locals with car-hailing services, and is now recruiting drivers, media reported.
Taiwan Ledi Technology Co. has obtained a license from Beijing Xiaoju Technology Co. (Didi) to use the latter's brand, trademark, and app and to exclusively operate the Didi Chuxing platform in Taiwan. "We aim to provide local drivers and passengers with the best car-hailing services," Didi Taiwan announced on its Facebook account.
Didi Taiwan has stricter requirements for drivers, requiring that applicants hold a professional driver's license and taxi license issued in Taiwan, and must also have a professional passenger car license for the cars they drive, with the car's age not to exceed nine years. Didi Taiwan only serves as an intermediary to help match passengers with taxi drivers and to provide passenger information to facilitate such car-hailing services, without involving any goods transport services, it advised in the announcement. Didi Taiwan also disclaims any liability for driver-passenger disputes, which parties must settle themselves.
Didi imposes this waiver to avoid potential operating risks arising from charges of illegal acts by drivers, analysts noted. Uber has become embroiled in such conflicts over some of its drivers' legal violations.