Didi has suffered a bolt from the blue, as Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen each rolled out specific regulations for the car hailing business on Saturday. The rules are harsh, to say the least, and has brought the ride hailing behemoth to its knees, arguing for possible remedy from the authorities.

The newly published draft interpretations from the three largest cities–all with tremendous migrant populations–have stipulated that drivers must of local Hukou, or family register. This is a heavy blow for Didi, as it eliminates more than half of the drivers in Beijing and Shenzhen, and dispels an overwhelming majority of Shanghai drivers from the platform.

The draft laws from these cities also raised the bar for cars in the business. Didi bemoaned that the higher standards would disqualify more than 4 out of 5 existing vehicles.

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Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).