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China Bans Private Cars From Offering Taxi Services Via Apps

China’s Ministry of Transport banned private cars from offering unlicensed taxi services via mobile-phone apps, even as it endorsed the software as having a “positive role” for licensed vehicles and chauffeurs.

Car-hailing apps should differentiate their services from public transportation and taxis, according to a Jan. 8 report on the ministry’s website written by its official newspaper. It didn’t identify any of the service providers.