Since the middle of December 2014, the U.S. company Uber Technologies faces important issues in Taiwan. Indeed, the transport ministry uses false reasons in order to slow down Uber’s development and also tries to block access to the company’s website. Peanuts Daily wanted to know why Taiwan’s government is trying to make Uber illegal. We started to investigate and interviewed Mr. Liang Guo Guo, the Ministry of Transportation director who had this to say:
We are making our best efforts to block Uber’s app. The services proposed by this company are unacceptable. Their drivers are polite, they respect road regulations and the cars are clean. Those services are totally opposite to the taxi quality standards in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s government made it very clear that the taxis around the country work well the way they are and there is no need for improvement.
We also interviewed Mr. George Tu, taxi driver in Taipei for 16 years:
Uber has to be stopped immediately. Who do they think they are? Their services are disgraceful. What kind of image they want to show to the customers? If they continue, soon I will have to say “hello” when a customer comes in and “bye” when a customer leaves. They will also force me to clean my car more than twice a year. I hope the government will stop those extremists quickly.
For this matter, we are on the side of the government and we wish the taxis will be helped in their quest of no-improvement policy. Uber’s quality is too high for Taiwan and this is a fact: the company needs to be blocked. We advise taxis to strike more often and block roads: this will really make the people happy and understanding about their cause.
Author: Mr. Gobtair, Elie.