Korean taxis protest against ride-share services

World | 18 Oct 2018 12:35 pm

A walkout by thousands of taxi drivers in protest of a commercial carpool service created inconvenience for citizens heading to workplaces during the morning rush hour today.

The stoppage began at 4:00 a.m. local time to protest against the recent launch of Kakao T Carpool, a ride-sharing service designed to connect ordinary drivers to passengers during the morning and evening rush hours. They claim the top mobile messaging company's service would kill the industry.

No major disturbances occurred across the country due to the 24-hour strike, Yonhap reports.

Commuters in Gyeonggi Province and Incheon, the areas surrounding Seoul, experienced a delay in hailing a cab, as around half of the taxi drivers operating in the two metropolitan regions walked off the job.

Nearly 10,500 corporation-owned taxi drivers and over 26,600 privately-owned taxis went on the one-day strike in Gyeonggi, representing 54 percent of all drivers.

In Incheon, about 7,000 taxi drivers joined the walkout.

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