Hong Kong Police Raid Uber Offices, Arrest Drivers
You can set aside your desire to be Silicon Valley until Friday (and beyond?)
Uber’s worldwide expansion plans have hit yet another legal bump. Five Uber drivers were arrested in Hong Kong yesterday, allegedly for operating without a hire car permit and driving without proper insurance. Two of Uber’s local offices were also raided and three staff members detained, according to the the South China Morning Post.
Hong Kong police senior inspector Bruce Hung told reporters that undercover police officers used an app to call five cars and arrested the drivers after reaching their destination.
The arrests come a few weeks after protests against Uber and other car-hailing apps began to intensify, with traditional taxi drivers claiming that their counterparts operate without a hire car permit. During a demonstration at the end of July, To Sun-tong, a spokesman for the Motor Transport Workers General Union, said some of its members had seen their revenue drop by 20 percent due to the proliferation…
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