網約車： online car-hailing
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The word we talk about today is“網約車”——online car-hailing.
In recent years, some car-hailing apps have been becoming popular in China’s major cities. Through those mobile applications, passengers can submit a trip request and then easily book a ride from the nearest private car owners or taxi drivers. However, such apps have been a topic of controversy, for they have been challenging the traditional taxi business and moreover, it is illegal for private cars to operate as taxis in China. In Oct. 2015, a draft regulation for the taxi sector and taxi hailing service was published by the Ministry of Transport and was open for public opinion.
For example: A set of new rules have to be in place to suit the growth of online car-hailing and other emerging services.
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