#DallasNeedsUber Follow up!

Dallas, you are amazing! They tried to mess with your Uber and you stood up and said NO! Thank you for the overwhelming support and love you showed. We won the battle and live to fight another day. But our opponents are still working hard to shut down Uber in Dallas and we ask you to continue to stand with us.

Here’s a quick recap of what happened and where we go from here.

What Happened: Because of all your emails, calls, and tweets to City Hall, the 11th hour attempt by Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata and Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez to slip in anti-Uber legislation onto the consent agenda failed. Council Members Kingston, Griggs, Bates, and a few others as well as Mayor Rawlings heard you loud and clear and stood up for consumer choice. The proposal will now go back to the Transportation Committee for further discussion and consideration. In the meantime, there will be an investigation, led by the Mayor, to understand how these regulations even came about and why they were submitted to the consent agenda at the very last possible second.

What This Means for Uber Dallas: This means that we succeeded in thwarting an attempt to slip this proposal in without consideration by the City Council and without feedback from all of you. Unfortunately, these Uber-targeted, proposed regulations are still very much alive. If you are like me, a native Dallasite, and can’t imagine a Dallas without Uber, let your voice be heard and sign the petition and continue to show City Hall that #DallasNeedsUber.

What Next?: The events of the past week simply comprise the first shot across the bow at taking away consumer choice and driver opportunity in Dallas. Taxi will continue to do whatever they can to see that your safe, efficient and reliable transportation options are taken away, so that they can maintain their monopoly on transportation in Dallas. These regulations are an affront to competition, innovation, and consumer choice and we will need you to continue to fight and make your voices heard in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted right here and @Uber_Dallas with the latest news and how you can continue to help.

**Quick Update
As you also may have read, Uber was cited for, according to the city, “advertising a transportation-for-hire service without first being granted operating authority by the City.” Well on Wednesday, September 4th, a court in Dallas issued a verdict on that charge that was swift and unmistakable: Uber does not operate a limousine service and therefore is not in violation of the city ordinance in question. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and the verdict was unanimous, making clear that these charges were without merit.

Uber on,

Leandre Johns

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