Hong Kong police recently launched a crackdown on Uber, arresting 21 drivers who were suspected of operating on behalf of the ride-hailing giant in the Asian financial center.
The drivers’ vehicles were impounded in an undercover operation on suspicion of carrying passengers and not having third-party insurance for their cars.
“I would like to emphasize that police are still continuing their enforcement action and I can’t rule out the possibility of more drivers being arrested,” said Chief Inspector Lau Tat-fai.
Lau, who did not specifically mention Uber, said anybody who “assisted or instigated” drivers might also be legally responsible. He called on people using smartphones to arrange rides to make sure that drivers have the proper vehicle hire permits.
“We are extremely disappointed by the police enforcement today. We stand together with the 21 driver partners,” Uber said in a statement, adding that it would help them and provide legal support.
The San Francisco-based tech company said it has indeed a ridesharing insurance policy that complies with local legal requirements and covers up to 100 million Hong Kong dollars ($12.8 million) in liability.
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