Free Press Journal

Chinese woman killed by tax driver of car-hailing app


Beijing: A 24-year-old woman was allegedly robbed and murdered in China by a driver of a taxi-hailing company, prompting the firm to suspend 8,000 drivers who have violated its rules.

The suspension was imposed on drivers in southern China’s Shenzen city who have allegedly violated company rules of Didi Dache and they will be required to reverify their qualifications.

A woman in Shenzhen was robbed and killed on May 3 by a driver registered on the Didi Dache car-hailing platform. The driver – who has been caught – was later found to have used his real ID card and driver’s license when registering with the app, but later used a fabricated license plate during operations.

A inspection by Shenzhen police found that 1,425 drivers for five major car-hailing apps – including Didi Dache and Uber – had histories of drug crimes, and 1,661 had major criminal records, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Car-hailing companies, whose drivers are mainly private car owners, have come to the attention of supervision authorities after several recent incidents, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

A regulation on the management of car-hailing services is expected by mid-May.

On May 1, media reports said four teenage girls in Haikou, South China’s Hainan Province called the police to report that their Didi Dache driver was indulging in obscene sexual act while driving, the report said.