China tells local governments to promote ride-hailing

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Cabinet has told local governments to promote its booming ride-hailing industry, helping to confirm the legal status of Uber Technologies Ltd. and local competitors following run-ins with regulators.

A Cabinet document issued Thursday sets guidelines for registration, fares and payments. It says details for each city will be decided by local governments but tells them to “encourage, support and guide” the industry.

The ride-hailing industry in China has attracted billions of dollars from investors but faced questions about its legal status after regulators last year banned use of drivers without taxi licenses. Taxi drivers in several cities also have protested over competition from such services.

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