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Taxi Drivers, Kakao Agree on Rush Hour Carpooling Service

Written: 2019-03-07 17:18:38Updated: 2019-03-07 17:19:41

Taxi Drivers, Kakao Agree on Rush Hour Carpooling Service

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The taxi industry and Kakao Mobility have agreed to the online cab-hailing company's operation of a carpooling service.

A dialogue committee of ruling party lawmakers, the government, the taxi industry and Kakao Mobility announced the agreement on Thursday.

Under the accord signed at the parliament, Kakao Mobility will launch a ride-sharing service during weekday commuting hours between seven and nine a.m. and six and eight p.m.

To ensure the livelihood of the nation's cab drivers, taxi operators also agreed to devise a better salary system.

Under the current system, drivers are obliged to make mandatory daily payments to their employers.

South Korea’s roughly 300-thousand cab drivers have fiercely opposed the introduction of ride-sharing services in the country.

They’ve responded to Kakao Mobility’s attempt to start a carpooling service with angry protests.

Several cab drivers have even lit themselves on fire to protest the move.

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