Hong Kong: Weekend raid at Uber drivers’ office, media reports on Thursday. Several hours later, Hong Kong’s police have released three Uber office employees .
- Uber drivers complication as company moves to expand overseas.
A Hong Kong police senior inspector, Bruce Hung, said undercover police officers had used a mobile phone app to hail five cars and arrested the Uber drivers after being driven to their destinations.
News footage from Cable Television showed police raiding an office which displayed an Uber logo and taking away three people.
Uber drivers had been providing their services through Uber, Hong Kong Commercial Radio reported. Police did not name Uber Technologies but local Cable TV news showed officers taking away computers and documents from the company’s Hong Kong office, which opened last year.
It’s the latest complications for the San Francisco-based company as its overseas expansion meets multiple legal and regulatory challenges, according to AP Hong Kong report.
Uber Offices in Hong Kong had been operating there since June last year. The raid-arrest drivers on for the “illegal use of vehicles for hire,” has been on the authorities watch list.
“There are legal ways in Hong Kong for companies to offer car rental services via mobile applications, but not all mobile car booking applications can meet the legal requirements in Hong Kong,” said a spokesman for InvestHK in an August 12 statement. “As Uber is now being investigated for allegedly operating outside of the legal ambit, as a standard procedure InvestHK has removed the case study from its website.”
Hong Kong’s police have released three Uber Technologies Inc. employees on bail after raiding the company’s offices and detaining them in a probe into drivers operating without proper permits.
Brazil, an Uber driver in financial capital Sao Paulo responded to a call, only to find himself ambushed by a group of regular taxi drivers. Last month the firm suspended its UberPOP service in France, six months after being banned. Photo: Associated Press