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China May Require Hailing Apps to Register Business Vehicles

  • China drafting rules for Internet car-booking apps like Uber
  • City governments said to have discretion to limit permits
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China is considering regulations that would force ride-booking apps such as Uber and Didi Kuaidi to use commercially registered cars and drivers, and would allow city governments to limit permits for those services, according to people familiar with the plan.

The companies would be barred from offering their services at below cost for the purpose of disrupting competitors, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the proceedings are private. The proposed rules may be released soon for public consultation, though details may still change, they said.