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China's online car-hailing orders fall in April

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Beijing, May 14 (IANS) Orders from China’s online car-hailing companies dropped in April, as the resurgence of COVID-19 cases influenced the companies’ operations and people’s willingness to travel, data from the Ministry of Transport showed.

Online car-hailing companies received 476 million orders in April, down 11.6 percent month on month, the ministry said.

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Among the top 10 online car-hailing providers by order volume, eight reported declines in the number of orders last month, with only two logging increases, reports Xinhua news agency.

By the end of April, a total of 270 online car-hailing companies have been granted permission to operate in China, increasing by three from the end of March, the data showed.

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Didi Chuxing and Meituan Dache are some of the leadinc cab-hailing platforms in ther country.

China last month granted permits to internet services giant Baidu and autonomous car company Pony.ai to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public in Beijing.

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–IANS

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