China’s transport ministry is set to conduct thorough checks on the ride-hailing industry through the end of the year. The move was reportedly prompted by the safety issues plaguing the growing sector, which culminated in the murder of a passenger by a Didi driver.
The ministry says that it will work with the police and implement standards that will ensure rider safety. Vehicles and drivers that are unable to meet the standards by the end of 2018 will be removed.
This will significantly add to the mounting pressure on Didi Chuxing Technology Co. which has already committed 140 million yuan for the improvement of its customer service.