On October 1, 2014, the Washington, D.C. City Council's Transportation and Environment Committee continued to ignore the concerns of taxi drivers and pushed through a bill which creates an unfair playing field for the taxi industry. Three members of the committee, Mary Cheh, Kenyan McDuffie, and David Grosso voted to pass the “Vehicle-for-hire Innovation Amendment Act of 2014”. This bill legitimizes private-vehicles like UberX, Sidecar and Lyft but gives them an unfair advantage.
One evening in New York City in early July, a frequent Uber passenger pulled out her smartphone and e-hailed a car through her Uber app. She was notified a car was on the way. Minutes later, the app told her the car actually wasn't going to pick her up -- but not to worry -- Uber was searching for another nearby driver.
More than 60 D.C. taxi drivers took part in a rally today at Freedom Plaza and the Wilson Building, demanding justice from the D.C. City Council.
“Sharing economy” companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages.
The Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association is asking its members to fill out this short survey about any contact drivers have had with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Download survey here.
The California App-Based Drivers' Association (CADA) met in El Monte, California on Tuesday to formalize its affiliation with Teamsters Local 986.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission says it does not have enough hack inspectors to stop “rideshare” drivers from illegally picking up street hails, an issue frustrating metered cabbies who say the emergence of UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar is draining their customer base.
The rapid rise of ride-share services, led by the multibillion-dollar Uber, has galvanized the Washington region’s taxi industry in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation.