SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will ramp up its scrutiny of online ride-hailing firms under plans to strengthen the protection of worker rights and require firms to amend any non-compliant operations, the Ministry of Transport said on Friday.
The ministry said in a statement which did not name any companies that it had found that some ride-hailing firms were infringing driver rights while other platforms were disrupting fair competition in the market.
Online ride-hailing firms with “illegal” operations will be required to put forth timetables and work plans on how they will expedite the removal of non-complaint vehicles and personnel, it said.
Didi Global, China’s largest ride-hailing giant, has faced increasing regulatory pressure and became the target of an investigation by the Cyberspace Administration of China days after it raised $4.4 billion in an initial public offering.
Didi did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ministry’s statement.
(Reporting by Brenda Goh in Shanghai and Yingzhi Yang in Beijing; editing by Jason Neely)