Taipei, Feb. 16 (CNA) United States-based ride-hailing company Uber said Thursday it had reached a tentative agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on proposal to pursue cooperation with car rental businesses in Taiwan.
In a statement, Uber said, however, that it would have to consult the relevant government agencies to obtain the specifics for implementing such a plan.
The idea is to partner with car rental companies to provide safe, reliable and economical transportation options for local people, in keeping with the existing laws and regulations, Uber said.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Uber's partnership with car rental companies could take the form of intermediary airport transportation services but it would be hard to determine how long the implementation process would take.
The MOTC made the tentative agreement with Uber in response to protests by Uber drivers and public calls for the resumption of the ride-hailing service in Taiwan, the sources said.
Uber suspended its services in Taiwan on Feb. 10 in the wake of a law revision that steeply raised the fines for the illegal operation of transportation services in Taiwan.
The government has determined that Uber cannot legally operate transportation services in Taiwan because it is registered in the country as an information services company.
According to Uber, more than 1 million people in Taiwan have downloaded the Uber ride-sharing app since the company entered the local market four years ago and 15 million trips have been recorded.
It said some 16,000 people had been partnering with the company to make extra money.
(By Jeffrey Wu and Kuo Chung-han)