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Thailand orders halt to Uber, Grab motorbike taxi service

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Ralph Vandermeer

MoreA phone running the Uber application is held above the traffic in central Bangkok December 10, 2014.

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BANGKOK Reuters - Thailand has ordered Uber Technologies and Grab to halt their motorcycle taxi-hailing services, a senior transport official said on Tuesday.

The services are popular in Thailand's grid-locked cities, where bikes weaving through traffic jams get people around in a fraction of the time a car takes.

There are more than 186,000 motorcycles registered to provide taxi services in Thailand, almost half in the capital, Bangkok, government data shows.

UberMoto and Grab Bike services had caused conflict with those registered to provide taxi services, said Nunthapong Cherdchoo, a senior official at the transport ministry.

We see the need to cooperate with related agencies and have the intention to operate under the existing law."

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