(WASHINGTON) – Hundreds of D.C. cab drivers affiliated with the Teamsters Union took part in a “Fairness NOW!” caravan today throughout the city to demand an immediate stop to illegal private sedan services until a fair resolution is reached.
Tens of thousands of taxi drivers across Europe stood up to Uber this week by engaging in protests that snarled traffic in many of the continent’s biggest cities. Licensed taxi drivers there have the same concerns that the drivers affiliated with the Teamsters in the U.S. have – Uber drivers don’t need to follow the same rules and have an unfair advantage compared to drivers who have been working for decades in the industry.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters International Union Vice President and Local 922 President Ferline Buie about today’s worldwide taxi driver protests against Uber.
In a major victory for taxi drivers in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says that ride services Lyft and Uber are violating state law and must stop operating immediately. The Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association, affiliated with Teamsters Local 922, is calling on District of Columbia officials to take similar steps until fair regulations are in place. Read the story
A move by the DC City Council to destroy competition between private sedans and taxis needs to be stopped.
DC Councilmember Mary Cheh has introduced a bill (#20-0753) http://lims.dccouncil.us/_layouts/15/uploader/Download.aspx?legislationid=31519&filename=B20-0753-Introduction.pdf
The proposed bill is unfair and will undercut your livelihood by giving Private Sedans such as UBERX, Sidecar, and Lyft an unfair advantage over taxi service!
On Monday, May 12, D.C. taxi drivers and representatives of the Teamsters Local 922-affiliated Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association blasted a D.C. Council committee bill that would regulate private sedan services.