South Korea’s Kakao Mobility offers olive branch to taxi drivers protesting car-sharing

South Korea’s Kakao Mobility on Tuesday (Jan 15) said it would re-enter talks over its proposed car-sharing service with an open mind, and would even consider abandoning the idea, should taxi drivers who protested the service return to negotiations.

The transportation unit of Kakao Corp, operator of the country’s most popular chat app, also said it has decided to halt trials of the car-sharing service.

The comments come after the firm’s appeal to car owners sparked a series of mass demonstrations with taxi drivers complaining the service would destroy their livelihoods. Two protesters died in separate incidents by self-immolation.