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Beijing issues first online ride-hailing platform license

Updated: Feb 9,2017 2:40 PM     Xinhua

Wei Dong, CEO of China’s Shouqi Limousine and Chauffeur, shows the online car-hailing platform business license in Beijing, Feb 8, 2017. Shouqi on Feb 8 received the first online car-hailing platform business license issued by Beijing transport authorities.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China’s car-hailing platform Shouqi Limousine and Chauffeur on Feb 8 received the first online car-hailing platform business license issued by Beijing transport authorities.

According to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, Shouqi passed examinations in such departments as transport, public security, communication, and taxation, before being granted the license.

The commission has received license applications from over ten online car-hailing platforms since December 2016, following the issuing of national and municipal regulations for the industry.

China unveiled its first nationwide regulations for car-hailing services in July 2016, granting legal status to the industry. Beijing issued a draft local regulation on the service in October, which took effect in December.

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