The Ministry of Transportation announced on Tuesday the result of the investigation into Didi Chuxing, which was launched just days after the second killing of a female passenger by her driver.

Authorities said Didi’s carpool service Hitch lacks adequate safety measures which could lead to major safety hazards, according to Xinhua (in Chinese). Authorities also slammed Didi for “failing to conduct driver qualification and background checks.” The ministry said that there are still a large number of illegal cars and unqualified drivers on Didi’s platform, adding that many of the safety personnel are also unlicensed.

The ministry said Didi Hitch should not only be suspended before meeting necessary regulatory requirements, but it should also clean up the illegal activities plaguing its platform. Furthermore, authorities also said executives and legal representatives should be fined and penalized for their negligence but did not specify the amount the fines should be.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.