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Chinese Cities Plan Tighter Ride-Sharing Rules in Blow to Didi

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen plan to limit pool of drivers
  • Less than 3% of Didi Shanghai drivers would be eligible: firm
The Didi app.
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Three of China’s largest cities plan to limit the pool of drivers for online ride-sharing services, dealing a blow to Didi Chuxing, the firm that agreed to acquire the Chinese business of Uber Technologies Inc.

Draft rules issued by Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen on Saturday said that only holders of local residency permits -- called hukou -- would be able to apply for permits to be drivers for private car-hailing services.