Hong Kong’s police have released three Uber Technologies Inc. employees on bail after raiding the company’s offices and detaining them in a probe into drivers operating without proper permits.
Documents, computers and phones were taken away from two Uber offices on Tuesday, the police said in an e-mailed statement. Five drivers were released on bail after they were detained for allegedly operating without proper licenses and insurance, the police said.
“We will not rule out the possibility of making more arrests,” Lo Wai-chung, police commissioner, told reporters Wednesday. “If any traffic accident happens, the lack of insurance may cause huge losses to passengers, drivers and pedestrians.”
Cab drivers in Hong Kong have protested against Uber and other companies offering car-booking applications. The police arrested the five Hong Kong Uber drivers in a sting operation Tuesday morning after receiving complaints, it said.
“We stand by our driver-partners 100 percent and welcome the opportunity to work closely with the authorities toward updated regulations that put the safety and interests of riders and drivers first,” Harold Li, a spokesman for Uber in Hong Kong, said in an e-mailed statement. “Uber ensures that all rides are covered by insurance, and all drivers on the platform undergo an extensive background check.”