The report says that under new proposals that would apply in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, a ride-hail vehicle must have a wheelbase longer than 2.7 meters for petrol cars, or 2.65 meters for new energy vehicles. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation claimed both hailed cars and taxies are operating with much less efficiency than public transport.
The city is hoping to increase the development of public transport rather than the more labour-intensive individual transportation sector, the report said. The report added that industrial data showed that only 2.4% of the Didi Chuxing drivers in Shanghai would meet the proposed requirements.
Didi Chuxing, China's largest online car hailing platform by volume, said the operation costs would climb, and the users' payments increase to more than double standard taxi fare, according to the company's announcement.
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