Car Service Uber Avoids D.C. Council Restrictions

Mary Cheh
Mary Cheh

After protests about a District Council measure to control prices for rides by the new car service, Uber, council member Mary Cheh dropped an amendment to a taxi bill that would have raised the minimum fare for an Uber trip at roughly five times the drop rate of a D.C. cab — or about $15. Cheh will bring up the issue again with a separate bill in the fall.

Uber operates an online system with registered members who can use a smartphone app to contact a Uber sedan and get their ride. D.C. cab advocates say the start-up firm, which is going global, has an unfair advantage in D.C. with fewer traditional taxi cab restrictions.

The proposed measure would have set Uber’s minimum price for a ride at about $15 — which is the base fare for the car service, as it stands today.

Jun 21, 2013 at 5:15 AM Suleman Ben

People in cities and metros prefer public transportation like bus and taxi. So they expect the traveling fare should be fair enough to give. It means they all want the traveling fare should be low or minimum. So government sometimes needs to take necessary steps to avoid these circumstances and minimizes the high service prices or fares.

Jul 4, 2013 at 7:09 AM Ed Joice

People in big cities and metros prefer public transportation to go anywhere within the city. The transportation costs in public transportation vehicles, like: bus or train is very much affordable. Basically the bus fares are minimum as compare to other vehicles. The vehicles those are used for personal needs also quite expensive in terms of traveling expenses. Sometimes due to fuel hike, the bus fares also increases.
But people have to use the buses for their transportation at any cost. They gradually face problems whenever this happens. So government should take necessary steps in controlling of the fuel price to minimize the transport fares.

Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM Odiambo

Car service is very necessary for the people using cars for their transportation. Servicing will help for the better performance of the cars. So, people need to repair and service their cars whenever necessary.

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