CHINA Hitching a ride over the Spring Festival will be safer


Hitching a ride over the Spring Festival will be safer

20:04, January 29, 2019

The Spring Festival travel rush will reach its peak in the next couple of days when, according to China’s ministry of transport, hundreds of millions will join in the world’s largest migration.


Illustrations: VCG

Just under 2.5 billion road trips will be taken during the 40-day holiday period, which includes private vehicle and bus trips. Around 73 million will travel by plane, and 413 million by train will take a seat on China's extensive rail networks.

For many people who didn’t manage to get a train or coach ticket, a hitch ride can be a solution. The ministry of transport urged service providers to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers.

One of the major online hitch providers, Dida Chuxing, has required drivers who want to take up trans-provincial orders to upload photos of their driver’s licenses and ID cards so that the platform can make sure they don’t have blemished credit histories or criminal records.

Meanwhile, each driver is asked to pass a facial recognition scan before any trip can start.

Passengers can book a hitch 30 days before departure on Didi during the travel rush.

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