The government publicized a set of rules on Tuesday introducing a new taxi service system similar to Uber to complement current "yellow cabs," adding that these non-yellow, Uber-grade cars could be on the roads as early as next year.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said it will continue to crack down on unlicensed Uber cars and increase fines for violators as part of an effort to promote what it calls "a diversified taxi system" in which all services are booked rather than flagged down in the street -- as existing "yellow cabs" often are.
"Diversified taxi" service cars will be banned from picking up fares other than those booked by phone or on-line.
However, they will be allowed to target specific categories of customers, such as women or school children/parents, according to the MOTC.
Such services will be required to provide customers with a variety of information including the model of car, plate number, driver's business registration number, consumer reviews and estimated price for the booked journey, the ministry added.
It said the minimum fare for "diversified taxis" must not be lower than that currently charged by yellow cabs; the maximum fare limit will be set by local governments.
To obtain a license to operate "diversified taxis," entrepreneurs will be required to present a business plan that includes the names of owners and drivers, daily management regulations and rules on exiting the business.
They must also submit proposals on "smart management" and "value added services" to authorities, MOTC added.
The ministry said it will work with local governments to assist interested citizens, in the hope that a new type of taxi will begin serving the public next year.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel