A Chinese government investigation into ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and smaller rivals, sparked by the murder of two female passengers of Didi services earlier this year, recommended Didi executives be fined. In a statement, China’s Ministry of Transport said the use of “illegal drivers” and other security lapses had created a risk to public safety.
The investigation found a number of violations including failure to run proper background checks and using uncertified drivers. Didi’s chief executive Cheng Wei said in a statement that the company would continue to improve its safety protocols in the coming six months. He said Hitch, the Didi service used by both murdered passengers, will remain suspended indefinitely.
As The Information reported previously, Didi has already started work on making sure its millions of drivers are qualified and pass background checks, but that has put pressure on the company’s performance, as there are fewer drivers available to pick up passengers.