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Didi Apologizes After Driver Allegedly Stabs Angry Passenger

By Ding Yi / Nov 13, 2019 05:58 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is back in the spotlight after one of its drivers allegedly stabbed a passenger who demanded that he exceed the speed limit while traveling through a tunnel.

The incident occurred Saturday in the eastern city of Nanjing but was only reported by Chinese media outlets on Tuesday. The pair allegedly got into a physical confrontation after the driver refused to break the speed limit, according to China News Service. The passenger told the same outlet that he asked the driver to go faster but not to exceed the limit.

The case has reignited public concerns about safety on Didi’s platforms. Last year, the company suspended its Hitch carpooling service after two female passengers were separately murdered by their drivers. Didi announced a plan to relaunch Hitch on a trial basis last week.

In a Tuesday statement, Didi apologized to the unnamed victim of the alleged stabbing and promised to strengthen its safety measures. “Our platform immediately set up an emergency response team after receiving the relevant information,” the statement said, adding that representatives from Didi have visited the victim and prepaid his medical bills on the company’s behalf.

Didi is cooperating with an ongoing police investigation, the statement said.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Didi to Trial Revived Hitch Carpool Service More Than a Year After Passenger Murders

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