Uber hikes fees in HK, denies speculation of funding issues

HONG KONG, 21 Aug 2017: 

Uber Technologies Inc today hiked its Hong Kong fees by up to 80% after a review of its business there, the embattled ridesharing company said – adding that it was not having issues financing its operations in the Asian financial hub.

The San Francisco-based technology company, which recently suspended its services in the neighbouring Chinese city of Macau for the second time, said the price rise would benefit drivers as they pocketed most of the fares.

Starting today, fees for UberX and UberASSIST rides would rise by up to 80% to start at HK$45 and a ride with the pricier UberBLACK would start at HK$65 instead of HK$50. The company said in a statement the adjustments were “based on an evaluation of the marketplace in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong authorities have clamped down on Uber’s operations multiple times, with the latest crackdown in May when police arrested 21 drivers for illegal car-hiring.

A Hong Kong court found five Uber drivers guilty of the same crime in March and fined them HK$10,000 each. Uber has said it would help the drivers to appeal and criticised authorities for failing to keep up with innovation.

“We are committed to continue our investment here in Hong Kong,” the company said in its statement.

Hong Kong is not the only Asian city where the company has run into regulatory problems, as it also faces legal scrutiny in Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

– Reuters

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