Didi to ask passengers to pay tips to drivers over Spring Festival
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi will impose higher fares over the Spring Festival, as passengers will be required to tip drivers amid a nationwide driver shortage exacerbated by the national holiday.
In an open letter to its passengers, Didi has asked users to pay a “special Chinese New Year fee” to drivers when they book their trips between Jan. 28 and Feb. 10. The holiday tips range from RMB 1 ($0.15) to RMB 9, varying depending on location and date, and will be given in full to the platform’s drivers.
Didi is already short of drivers in major cities amid increasingly stringent regulations. However, it anticipates a further shortage driven by the Chinese New Year, when most drivers will take a holiday break amid increased demand.
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