BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) - China outlined new rules on
Tuesday to safeguard the rights of drivers in its giant
ride-hailing industry, requiring operators of the services to
provide them with social insurance and make their earnings
In a statement, the transport ministry said ride-hailing
companies should improve income distribution mechanisms. It also
said anti-monopoly measures will be stepped up against such
companies and a "disorderly expansion of capital" will be
prevented in the sector.
The rules came after Chinese regulators told companies
including Didi Global, Meituan, Alibaba
Group's Ele.me and Tencent Holdings in
September to improve how they distributed incomes and ensure
rest periods for drivers and food-delivery riders.
They come as President Xi Jinping has called for China to
achieve "common prosperity", seeking to narrow a yawning wealth
gap that threatens the country's economic ascent and the
legitimacy of Communist Party rule.
The new rules could increase costs for ride-hailers and
impact their earnings. The industry in China hit an overall
transaction volume of 249.91 billion yuan ($39.22 billion) in
2020, according to a report by the Internet Society of China.
Regulators in China have come down hard on its biggest
technology firms this year, criticising them for policies that
exploit workers and infringe on consumer rights, as part of a
campaign to exert more control over large swathes of the economy
after years of runaway growth.
In August, a transport ministry official said the regulator
would impose a cap on the percentage ride-hailing platforms can
take from drivers' fees.
China's state media has also criticised Didi, the country's
dominant ride-hailing platform, for not paying drivers fairly.
($1 = 6.3715 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by