Most startups launched are destined to fail and it looks like another ambitious project in China has run out of luck. Inspired by motorcycle ride-hailing services such as Grab, Lude Chuxing or Donkey Ride (our translation) launched an app enabling residents to drive passengers on electric and gas-fueled motorbikes and three-wheeled electric cars known as “sanlunche.”

According to media reports, the app was downloaded more than 5000 times in its first day of operation. The app known as Didi for bikes was developed by a company in the Chinese city of Nanning and during its short stint, residents could see drivers in bright green vests driving passengers around the city.

However, the local transport authorities did not condone the entrepreneurial spirit of the drivers and Donkey Ride’s services were halted on December 18th due to violations of local transport services rules. According to regulations, owners of electric motorbikes should apply for registration which includes submitting the drivers’ identity card, vehicle certifications, insurance and other documentation.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.