Uber fined over NT$37 million in Taiwan (Taiwan News)

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) The ridesharing service company Uber and its participating drivers were fined more than NT$37 million (US$1,150,000) over the past year for violating Taiwan’s transportation laws, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) said Thursday. Uber has registered in Taiwan as an information service enterprise, but in reality it has been operating illegally in the transportation service business. In addition, Uber has hired drivers who have not obtained commercial driver’s licenses. As of Aug. 12, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH, ????) of the MOTC has issued 243 citations against Uber, totaling NT$32.75 million for violations of the Highway Act. The DGH has also issued 251 tickets amounting to NT$10.87 million against Uber drivers for taking passengers in their own vehicles without obtaining commercial driver’s licenses. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lauren Hung)