Police in southern China raid office of car-hailing app Uber in crackdown on sector

BEIJING, China – Police in southern China have raided the office of U.S. car-hailing app Uber after the Chinese government in January banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps.

A statement by the Guangzhou Municipal Transport Commission said police suspected Uber was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper business registration. It said police seized thousands of iPhones and other equipment used to run the business in the Thursday night raid in the city of Guangzhou. The commission also said it was cracking down on other car-hailing apps in the region.

Uber said in a statement Friday that it was co-operating with the authorities while continuing to offer the service to Guangzhou residents.