(Yicai Global) June 20 -- Despite the popularity of online ride-hailing platforms, such as Didi Chuxing and Uber, safety remains a serious issue. There are already 102 private car drivers on the run in Shenzhen this year, according to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Between April last year and May this year, the Shenzhen PSB received 2,685 complaint cases concerning private cars used by online booking services. Of these, 82.9 percent related to Didi Chuxing, operated by Beijing Xiaoju Technology Co., and 15.3 percent related to Uber Technologies Inc. Complaints ranged from verbal aggression to assault to serious criminal cases such as robbery and rape.
Yet ride-booking platforms are not paying these security concerns due attention. On March 29 and April 29, the Shenzhen government requested five online car-hailing service providers, including Didi Chuxing and Uber, to submit data about its vehicles and drivers and to dismiss unqualified drivers. However, Didi Chuxing has not complied with these measures.
Such issues are not affecting the money-raising ability of the two companies. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund injected USD3.5 billion into Uber last month, maintaining Uber's status as the world's highest valued start-up. Then this month Didi Chuxing attracted a USD1 billion investment from Apple Inc. and USD600 million from China Life Insurance Co., making it the start-up with the third highest valuation in the world. Didi Chuxing is also said to be planning its IPO on the NASDAQ next year.