After following Beijing’s lead in banning the bidding feature of taxi apps last year, Shanghai city government recently released another ban to tighten the regulations on taxi-hailing apps (via Tech Sina).

New rules released by the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority prohibited the use of booking apps by taxi drivers during rush hours (7:30 am to 9:30 am; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm) and banned their use entirely by private vehicles licensed for hire. The new regulations will take effect from March 1 and Beijing may release similar policies latter on.

The new rules will also prohibit drivers from answering phone calls and using mobile devices while carrying a customer, as well as preventing the apps from sending messages to drivers who have already picked up a customer. Cab drivers who refuse to act responsibly may be slapped with up to 15-day suspension or hefty fines.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.