Uber Suspension in Taiwan Cancelled; MOTC to Keep Appealing

Uber Suspension in Taiwan Cancelled; MOTC to Keep Appealing
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The court thinks that the registered services of Uber include management consultancy, data processing service, electronic information supply service and third-party payment service, but doesn't include auto-transportation service. The Directorate General of Highways suspending Uber is beyond the regulation of the Highway Act, so the court cancelled the suspension. Yet, the case can still be appealed.

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The Directorate General of Highways, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) regard Uber, an APP providing cab-calling service, to be illegal. Uber would not accept the fine of nearly NT$ 40 million (US$1.2 million) and instituted an administrative prosecution, winning the case in the Taipei High Administrative Court. Uber has also announced cooperation with bus companies for the transportation of disabled people. Regarding this, MOTC says, Uber cannot conceal the illegal fact by charitable contribution and the government will keep fining Uber.

UDN reports, the Directorate General of Highways thinks that Uber and its drivers are not sanctioned to run the transportation service. According to the Highway Act, Uber has been fined NT$100,000 (approximately US$ 3,070) to NT$ 150,000 (approximately US$ 4,605) and forced to suspend its business. Uber drivers have been fined NT$ 50,000 (approximately US$1,535) and their licenses suspended for two months.

The court thinks that the registered services of Uber include management consultancy, data processing service, electronic information supply service and third-party payment service, but doesn’t include auto-transportation service. The Directorate General of Highways suspending Uber is beyond the regulation of the Highway Act, so the court cancelled the suspension. Yet, the case can still be appealed.

The MOTC says that Uber can run its business legally in Taiwan, but it is not willing to obey regulations or pay tax, therefore Uber is looking down on laws in Taiwan. MOTC will keep fining Uber and appeal the court’s decision by providing more information.

Translated by Wen-yee Lee
Edited by Olivia Yang

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