It seems that Didi’s take-over of Bluegogo’s bike-rental business hasn’t been smooth sailing. Transportation authorities in Shenzhen and Guangzhou have been in talks with Didi, saying that operating a bike-rental business under Bluegogo’s name is against regulations due to Bluegogo’s unsolved deposit issues and operation problems.

Didi announced last week that it has launched its own bike-rental platform after it bought up Bluegogo’s bicycles and took over a part of its business. That being said, some of Bluegogo’s blue bikes—which are maintained by the company—are returning to the streets.

However, just a few days later, Shenzhen’s transportation regulator pointed out that the city has banned placement for new bikes (in Chinese) and that Didi is not allowed to operate Bluegogo’s bike-rental business before helping sort out the deposit issues. There have been reports earlier saying that Bluegogo’s users can’t get a refund for deposits.

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