Mayor Gray’s appointees to the District of Columbia Taxi Commission (DCTC) delivered a huge blow to consumer choice earlier today by passing sedan regulations that grossly restrict competition and affordable consumer transportation options. These regulations outlaw the use of mid-sized, fuel efficient vehicles from UberX. During today’s hearing, Commission Chairman Ron Linton argued that allowing consumers to use Uber to arrange transportation using more affordable, more efficient vehicles like a Toyota Camry Hybrid would represent unfair competition to traditional taxi service. He calls it unfair competition; we call it cheaper and better rides for the people who live, work, and play in and around DC.
With barbecues, pool parties, and 4th of July just around the corner, there’s no doubt that summer is arriving now! As the mercury rises we’re lowering our black car minimum fare to just $12, making it easier than ever for you to stay cool with Uber in the summer heat.
In an emergency session of the District of Columbia Taxi Commission (DCTC) held this morning, DCTC unanimously voted to modify its taxi regulations and delay any changes to technology companies like Uber until September 1. Because of these changes, we can now definitively say that UberTaxi will not close on June 1 but still faces a potential shutdown in September.
This morning we were surprised by tweets from @DCTaxiWatch that Ron Linton, Chairman of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission, stated publicly at a Taxi Hearing that “Uber DC is operating illegally” without providing detailed context as to how.
We began testing last night in DC and we have nothing but love for our city. It looks like Uber is going to make quite a splash in the District. Check out our first feedback email! Keep the feedback rolling – we’ll be adjusting and improving every day. (Thanks Geoff for letting us post) ********* […]