TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan has slapped a string of fines on app-based taxi service Uber for operating illegally, the latest blow to the US company which is embroiled in a number of international disputes.
A spokesman for the island’s highways department said popular but controversial Uber had registered with the government as a company, but had not declared that it was offering transport services.
The authorities have ramped up their investigation into the firm in response to anger from other taxi drivers who said their income had been hit unfairly by the app. Uber said Tuesday it was in talks over the penalties.
“We have had many constructive conversations with the local authorities and hope to continue those engagements,” Uber said in a statement to AFP.
“We are following all legal due processes with regards to the appeals.”
The highways unit has handed down 30 fines to Uber totalling Tw$2.55 million ($81,200) since September for breaking transport laws against operating without a licence. A total of 33 local drivers are also facing combined fines of Tw$1.65 million for the same offence. “The company registered with the government as one whose business covers information services but not transportation services, which is required by law for a transportation company,” Liang Guo-guo.