The ride-hailing sector of China is having more and more grapevines. Some of those complaints come from users feeling an unpleasantness about increasing fees, plus drivers who appear to be getting an ever-reducing portion of ride-sharing revenue. As per experts, the present market in the nation is afflicted with inadequacies that let aggregators take too much commission. So, those experts claim that comprehensive regulation might make it a monopolized industry.
China’s present ride-sharing service providers are not affected by any restriction on the commission rates that they can charge drivers. The rates are likely to range between 20 and 35%, according to the distance, time and where the driver gets riders.
Jia, who works as a ride-sharing company’s driver in Beijing, stated that people like her lack negotiation power about the pricing. She also said that those drivers would not be aware of the amount they would get from accepting an order up to the time a ride completes.
Usually, drivers like Jia lack access to details like what the aggregator takes from ride-sharing revenue unless they ask their customers about their payment. Jia said that while that rate could vary by ride, it is usually high in long-distance drives or rush hours.
As per ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, those varying commission amounts serve as a way of encouraging drivers to accept orders when their incentive to make that move is less.
Anyhow, with the industry growing, no restriction on the amounts could make drivers uninformed and at risk of being exploited, said Tian Yun. As the Beijing Economic Operation Association’s, Yun was talking to the tabloid newspaper Global Times.
As per a guideline that the government published five years before, the market alone determines ride-sharing service price in China. Anyhow, Yun recommends publishing new guidelines that could better suit the digital age since the economy based on digital technologies has expanded to include most aspects of life.
Unlike in 2016, using applications is turning into the most prevalent way to order taxicabs, said Yun. He also said that ride-sharing aggregators like Didi are unaffected by local regulations since they operate across China. As for him, it is important to introduce nationwide guidelines.
Commission rates that fluctuate have caught the attention of China’s regulators. Earlier this year, eight regulatory authorities in China ordered ten freight and ride-hailing service providers to boost safeguards that protect driver interests. Their goal is to confirm the sustainable and healthy development of web-based transportation businesses.
Didi Chuxing, Gaode, Meituan Chuxing, Huolala are some of the companies that the authorities singled out. For your information, Alibaba backs Gaode, whereas Huolala is a freight company similar to Uber. Those platforms were told to cut down their rates of commission to help confirm that their drivers get paid.