Chinese cities release bespoke rules for Uber-like car services

Chongqing Cityscape

3 January 2017.

Forty-two Chinese cities had released detailed rules to govern their local app-based taxi-hailing industries by the last working day of 2016. In addition, more than 140 cities have already published consultation drafts on rules for the industry.

Those cities, including the four centrally-administered municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing, released their own official rules on the sector, according to Ministry of Transport’s website today.

In addition, more than 140 cities have already published consultation drafts on rules for the industry.

China’s central government released its first interim measures for the sector at the end of July last year, and rules that apply to the whole country officially took effect on Nov. 1.

In the afternoon of Dec. 21, both Beijing and Shanghai announced new and detailed official regulations for the industry, imposing strict measures on both drivers and vehicles.

That same night, Wei Shilin, a competition lawyer in Beijing, filed a request for administrative disclosure obligations to Beijing’s transport regulator, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport , demanding the disclosure of fair-competition review content for the new rules.

As MLex has reported, local competition scholars believe that the detailed rules currently being rolled out for taxi-hailing services by individual cities provide a good opportunity to test the extent to which local governments are implementing China’s fair-competition review mechanism.

Since the day when cities such as Beijing and Shanghai released their draft regulations for the industry, the rules have triggered intense debate about the tough requirements and criteria for market access for both drivers and vehicles, raising concerns about restrictions on competition.

	Eliot Gao