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UberEats launching trial run of late-night delivery service

2017/06/19 19:35:15

Picture taken from UberEats website

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) Ride-hailing company Uber's food delivery app, UberEats, has launched a trial run of a late-night food delivery service in Taiwan that will allow local consumers to order food from nearly 40 partner restaurants until midnight.

During the first week of the new daily service that begins Monday, UberEats will offer late-night food delivery free of charge between 10 p.m. and midnight from restaurants such as Sweet Dynasty in eastern Taipei, which offers Hong Kong style cuisine.

It will also give people a chance to order Taiwanese fried chicken, braised dishes, coffee and cheese cake, among other items, the company said.

UberEats said it was starting the service because of the growing popularity of late-night meals and snacks among Taiwanese people, citing an online poll conducted by Pollster among 1,825 respondents aged above 13.

The poll found nearly 50 percent of respondents were in the habit of eating late-night meals, while 46.4 percent said they would eat anytime.

During normal business hours, UberEats delivers food from more than 1,000 restaurants to customers in an average of 37 minutes, according to its records.

The service remains illegal in Taiwan because UberEats has not registered as a freight forwarder.

The government vowed back in November 2016 when UberEats began operating to clamp down on the company and has fined it repeatedly since then.

But UberEats has challenged the fines, arguing that the government has not produced evidence showing wrongdoing, and has already had more than a dozen of them overturned.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Evelyn Kao)