NW China Cab Drivers Stage Sit-in Amid License Dispute

New regulations issued by the government of Qinghai province which shorten cab drivers’ license periods has prompted a sit-in and a strike in the provincial capital of Xining.  From Xinhua:

Hundreds of cab drivers in northwest China’s Xining City staged a sit-in in front of the municipal government headquarters on Sunday to demand assurances that they will be able to renew their business licenses.

The drivers were angered after a newspaper reported that the Qinghai Provincial Government would cut their license periods from 12 years to eight, prompting a government official to accuse them of “misunderstanding” the regulations.

More than 5,000 drivers began a one-day strike on Saturday night and hundreds of them convened the sit-in at around 10 a.m. Sunday, causing a brief traffic jam in the downtown area. They dispersed at around 3 p.m. after local officials promised to address the issue properly.

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