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South Korea rejects Uber proposal for driver registration system

South Korean taxi drivers and taxi industry officials hold a rally in downtown Seoul, South Korea, on Feb 4, 2015, demanding that web-based taxi company Uber withdraw from the South Korean market.

[SEOUL] South Korea's transport ministry on Thursday rejected ride-sharing service provider Uber Technologies Inc's proposal for a new driver registration system, and said it would continue taking action to stop the ride service's operations.

The ministry issued a statement saying Uber was violating rules requiring drivers and vehicles used in taxi services to be licensed. It also denied reports that Uber was in negotiations for a new driver registration system.

Uber proposed on Wednesday a new registration system for its drivers in South Korea, seeking to overcome a ban on connecting passengers to private cars in Asia's fourth-largest economy.