Uber Hong Kong
First and foremost, Uber has become one of the worlds most, if not the most, trusted private and known brands for transportation. However, Hong Kong does not allow it to operate on their lands.
For one, Uber follows the sharing economy model which Hong Kong doesn’t seem to appreciate considering. Other companies using the same platform like Airbnb are also banned from Hong Kong.
It seems like Hong Kong does not want to change their current taxi system. They might be scared that Uber would be more of an interest for customers when deciding on transportation. The reason for this is that price and convenience are better at Uber. Currently, the value of a taxi license is around $6.5 million HKD each. Therefore, this generates a lot of money for the government. So, if Uber becomes legal, the value of taxi licensees would drastically drop. This might be the reason why Uber is not allowed.
However, it is a shame as Uber provides many locals with a way to get a little extra cash, work more flexible hours, and be their own bosses. But these people are not willing to do be drivers because the government is cracking down on them with persecution and fines.
Last, at least Hong Kong has overall great transportation including swift mini-buses, inexpensive taxis, and a punctual MTR system. The MTR is very convenient to use, especially when traveling to either our Wanchai or SheungWan locations!
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