While ride-hailing services such as Grab, Uber and Didi have generally brought convenience to many consumers, traditional cab drivers in many parts of the world have understandably felt threatened by their apps’ growing popularity.
In China, as with other parts of Asia, there have been several protests of different forms from taxi groups expressing their disdain for the apps. According to the Hong Kong-based monitoring group China Labor Bulletin (CLB), almost 40 similar incidents across the country were reported in just March and April of this year.
One such instance is the recent display of united force from Xi’an-based taxi drivers which caused a massive traffic congestion in Xi’an city by assembling themselves in the central area near the city’s ancient bell tower, Tech In Asia reported.
Local authorities assembled a massive car congregation of their own by lining up several police cars near the area to counter the protest. The cabs later dispersed accordingly.
In 2015, Chinese taxi drivers launched more than 200 similar protests across the country to complain that their livelihoods were being threatened.
The Chinese government has been looking into resolving the issue with considerations of meeting the demands of consumers, the concerns of taxi drivers and interests of cab operators
Transport Minister Yang Chuantang has admitted that “these interest groups have very complicated and diverse demands, and carrying out further reform will require adjustments in their interests.”