Beijing Announced Official Taxi App, Bans Bidding Feature

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Beijing municipality announced the first batch of four officially credited taxi apps, namely, Yida Dache, Yibu Jiaoche, Yaoyao Dache and Didi Dache, stepping into the once chaotic Taxi app market. The service rate for the booking service is 5 yuan (within 4 hours) or 6 yuan (4 hours in advance), but no bidding feature is allowed, according to the transportation authority (source in Chinese).

These four apps sport the functions of passenger registration, instant car booking, car checking, order confirmation, among others. A mutual credit evaluation mechanism is built for both passengers and drivers.

These apps, which are available for download at 96106bjtaxi.cn and various app stores, are connected to the united booking platform and bundled to taxi control center. After the passengers placed orders via the apps, the taxi drivers can take the orders via the in-vehicle terminal or mobile app.

The services are now only available for Android users, whereas the iOS app is still under testing. Users should upgrade to the official app, as the four separate apps will be closed in around one month.

Taxi apps other than these four official apps are not allowed to charge for taxi booking service, according to a representative with the Beijing transport commission.