June 28, 2017

21 Uber Drivers Arrested by Hong Kong Police



Hong Kong Police Force - Kai Tak Operation Base
By Tksteven (Self-work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

The arrests marked the latest upset for the San Francisco-based technology company, which in March said it would help five convicted Uber drivers to appeal their court case in Hong Kong.

Police said they began an undercover operation in May and on Tuesday arrested 20 men and one woman between the ages of 21 and 59 for illegally driving a car for hire and driving without third-party risk insurance.

“I would like to stress that our law enforcement action is ongoing and we do not rule out further arrests,” said Lau Tat-fai, a chief inspector of police in the Kowloon West district.

“We would like to say to the operator of the mobile phone application, as a responsible organization, you need to ensure cars for hire are equipped with a permit as required by Hong Kong laws. This is a basic responsibility to passengers and (shows) respect for Hong Kong laws,” Lau said.

He said those who assist or instigate drivers might also have to bear legal responsibility.A Uber spokesman said the company was “extremely disappointed” by […]

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