Uber has taken the nuclear option against increasing government pressure in Taiwan. The ride sharing service has announced that it will suspend operations indefinitely in the country from 10 February; which it says is intended to force the authorities into some sort of action.
Taiwanese authorities had earlier raised fines against Uber to a maximum of TWD 25 million (about RM3.7 million), up from a maximum of TWD 150,000 (about RM21,000). Uber had already been ordered to pay some TWD 134 million (about RM19 million) in back taxes to the government.
This is not the first time that Uber has tried to reach out to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen to intervene on its behalf.
It doesn’t look like the Taiwanese government is going to back down over its stance against Uber. Pulling out of the country in the near future does not look like something inconceivable at this point, despite the fact that Uber continues to assert that it will be doing everything it can to make things work.