More than 700 taxi drivers were photographed blocking the streets of downtown Wuhan, Hubei province during rush-hour on Monday in a protest against car-hailing apps such as Uber and Didi Kuaidi, which often provide taxi services for cheaper.
According to People’s Daily:
They were seen driving vacant taxis in queues along the main streets in downtown area, causing traffic jams and attracting onlookers walking along the streets.
One taxi driver told Beijing Times that they were staging the strike to protest against Uber-like private car services such as Didi for “unfair competition”.
It is reported that local government did not intervene in the strike and allowed them to finish the procession peacefully.
In January, thousands of cabbies across the country held similar strikes to protest low pay and increased competition as a result of apps like Didi Dache, Kuaidi Dache and Uber.
More people in recent months have opted for car-rental apps, which tend to offer lower fares and better services. Licensed cab drivers have complained that they’re not able to lower prices because they are required to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan in rent each month to their taxi companies.
Earlier this year, authorities in Luoyang, Henan province shut down offices of recently merged Kuaidi and Didi Dache due to protests staged by cab drivers. Uber was targeted when local authorities ordered raids on its Guangzhou- and Chengdu-based offices, although the former city announced the development of its own government-backed taxi service app just days later.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had previously suggested that drivers were being paid to stage protests against the car service company, but failed to say where the funding might be coming from.
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