Uber eyes taxi franchise

Business | Watson Tan Apr 20, 2017
Uber Hong Kong is studying the possibility of applying for the city's franchised taxi service, general manager Kenneth She Chun-chi said.

Being a ride-sharing platform rather than a regular taxi firm, however, the company will have to tread cautiously, he said.

"We have been talking to the legislature to see if there's room for improvement on the city's point-to-point transport," She said, and the company is glad to see the government pay attention to the issue.

She expects more insurance companies to launch products for ride- sharing companies. In February, Uber said it signed with AIG to provide third- party coverage, which is a step moving towards being legalized.

The ride-hailing company launched uberASSIST yesterday, offering convenient travel experience for people with different accessibility needs. The new service costs the same as UberX, a more affordable choice than UberBlack, without extra charges.

So far, more than 1,000 Uber drivers have joined the service after training since a test program rolled out last February.

She hopes to see the number of such drivers double this year.

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