Uber and Airbnb banned by BNA car rental service, report says
Uber and other car rental companies were banned from offering their services in China by the Beijing government on Wednesday, according to local media.
The announcement came a day after a report by Chinese media outlet BNA claimed the companies were barred by the local government from operating in China due to a crackdown on illegal taxi operators.
BNA reported that the ban had been announced on Tuesday, and that the companies would have to close their businesses within three months.
According to the report, the ban would apply to the BNA Car Rentals business, which operates from Beijing.
There was no immediate comment from the companies.
The BNA report was based on an online petition signed by more than 300,000 people calling for the ban.
The petition, which was verified by the state-run Xinhua news agency, claimed that the crackdown on Uber and similar services had led to a drastic drop in the number of car rental car rentals in China, which had dropped from more than 50,000 to just 10,000 in 2015.
The petition said that the government had been restricting the use of Uber and others such services because of their alleged illegal activity, and had also banned the use and use of Airbnb, as well as car rental cars.
In February, a Beijing court banned Airbnb and Uber from operating, as did the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last month.
Uber and Airbnb were not included in the ban, but were already prohibited from operating.
Earlier this year, the Chinese government launched an anti-corruption campaign that targeted people who use ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, a move that was criticised as overly punitive.
This was a major blow to the companies’ business model, as their businesses were already struggling with high unemployment and low car rental rates.
It was also reported that many of the banned companies had been forced to close by the government.
Since the government took control of Beijing in June, the capital has been plagued by a series of political scandals that have affected its reputation internationally.
On Tuesday, the government announced a series an anti-[foreign interference] laws that aim to crack down on corruption and other forms of wrongdoing, and make China a more transparent, accountable and responsible state.