A line of people wait outside of a railway station in Jinan, where cabs are usually lined up waiting (January 12).
Taxi drivers nationwide are holding strikes to protest the proliferation of car-rental drivers using phone apps to provide unlicensed taxi services for cheaper.
Protestors first took to the streets of Shenyang on January 4, and in the past week, thousands of cabbies in Chengdu, Changchun, Jinan and Nanjing have gone on strike to voice frustrations over low pay and increased competition as a result of apps like Didi Dache, Kuaidi Dache and Uber, which allow anyone with a car to pick up passengers without having to obtain a taxi license.
Taxi drivers in Chengdu held strikes on Monday and Tuesday, SCMP reports.
Cabs on strike in Chengdu.
More and more passengers are opting to go with car-rental apps, which tend to offer lower fares and better services, such as Wi-fi and phone charging outlets. Licensed cabbies say they can’t lower prices, however, because they need to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan in rent each month to their taxi companies.
Experts believe that the upped competition could help shape reforms in the taxi industry, which could potentially result in lower fares and better service from drivers. For now, however, local authorities are trying to stop the strikes, SCMP reports, and Chengdu’s transport committee has already announced a ban on rental cars providing taxi services.
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