China Strengthens Data Supervision of Car-hailing Platforms
China’s Ministry of Transport issued a document on July 22 requiring the transportation authorities of all cities to collect license information of car-hailing companies and their vehicles and drivers for real-time sharing.
After obtaining the business license, the online car-hailing platform is then required to transmit the basic data of the company, its vehicles, drivers, orders, business information, positioning information and service quality information to the united industry platform by midnight the next day.
Online car-hailing companies also need to strengthen the management of the data and information they collect. In particular, any information collected should not be transmitted through third-party platforms or systems.
According to online car-hailing supervision information platform statistics, as of June 30, a total of 277 companies across the country have obtained the business license, an increase of 3 from the previous month. A total of 4.53 million drivers’ licenses and 1.837 million vehicle transport licenses were issued in various places. In June, the supervision platform received a total of 635.685 million orders, up 20.7% from the previous month.
Based on the order compliance rate, the top 10 platforms are ONTIME, SAIC Mobility, T3 Go, Xiehua Travel, Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, Caocao Mobility, Wanshun Travel, Meituan Travel, Didi Chuxing and its standalone platform Huaxiaozhu.
It is worth mentioning that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on July 21 issued 8.026 billion yuan ($1.19 billion) fine to Chinese ride-hailing platform Didi. The platform’s illegal information collecting behavior reportedly started in June 2015 and lasted for seven years.