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Uber proposes new registration system for South Korea drivers

Discussion in 'Seoul' started by Dreamer, Feb 4, 2015.

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  1. Dreamer

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    David Plouffe, Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy, told reporters in Seoul that the U.S.-based taxi startup wanted to work with regulators to find a way to operate legally in the country.

    The proposed system would give legal commercial licenses for registered drivers, who would be subject to minimum requirements on experience and insurance as well as background checks for criminal records, he said.

    The changes flagged for South Korea have already been implemented in cities such as London, Los Angeles and New York, Uber said, reflecting the company's new conciliatory tone in response to mounting legal challenges and criticism of its aggressive business style.

    "The solution that we seek with Seoul city, the ministry of transportation and the National Assembly is to find a solution that works for taxis, works for consumers and works for the overall Korean economy," said Plouffe, former campaign manager for U.S. President Barack Obama.

    A Seoul municipal official said Uber had not formally presented its proposal.

    "We have no plans to discuss this proposal with Uber," said the official who declined to be identified.

    Uber's Korean proposal follows a similar move by the company in India, after it was banned from operating in New Delhi in response to rape allegations against one of its drivers. On Monday it said it had tightened background screening of its Indian drivers to include inspection of criminal court records.

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