EMBROILED: Uber, Lyft Battles Go City To City

Posted on June 20, 2014

The Uber car service is facing a lawsuit in Washington state due to questions about its regulatory compliance and liability. Vinita Nair recently reported on the growing nationwide battle on CBS This Morning.
The Uber car service is facing a lawsuit in Washington state due to questions about its regulatory compliance and liability. Vinita Nair recently reported on the growing nationwide battle on CBS This Morning.

This week brings the nitty-gritty of TNC clashes with regulators at the local and state levels. A round-up of the latest headlines:

INSURANCE RULES TRIP UP TNCs: UberX and Lyft have become embroiled in pitched battles in cities and states across the country as they have spread in defiance of regulators and challenged long-protected taxis by enabling regular citizens to drive for hire in their own vehicles. San Francisco Business Times article here

Around The U.S. Survey Here

  • PITTSBURGH: A spokesperson for Uber Technologies Inc. said the ride share company is disappointed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement's decision to file petitions against Uber and Lyft Inc. requesting a cease-and-desist order to prevent the companies from operating. Pittsburgh Business Times article here
  • CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Uber users, as well as some opponents of the popular ride-calling service, showed up in droves in Cambridge Tuesday night to clash over proposed regulations that Uber said would cause it to cease operations in the city. article here
  • NEW ORLEANS: A new car service may soon be coming to the City of New Orleans but not everyone is on board with the plan. WTOC-TV Channel 11 article and video here
  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: Is Lyft a taxi-cab company at heart, or is it what it says it is – a mobile app-based service that hooks up drivers who want to drive, with riders who want to ride? There is a very big difference between the two. Albuquerque Business Journal article here
  • FORT COLLINS, Col.: Last week the Silicon Valley startup Uber told the Coloradoan it is contracting drivers and plans to be available within Fort Collins before the end of the year. Coloradoan article here
  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.: If you don't know what Uber and Lyft are, and why these tech-driven paid "ride-sharing" services are driving fear into the hearts of traditional taxi and limousine companies, here's a quick primer. Sun-Sentinel column here
  • SEATTLE: Seattle mayor reaches deal to legalize Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, without driver article here
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Is Uber illegal? San Francisco seems to be the locus of the current controversy. blog column here
  • HOUSTON: Houston City Council Wednesday postponed a vote on the controversial Uber and Lyft ride sharing service rules for seven weeks. article here

UBER LINKS WITH AMEX FOR PAYMENTS: Uber is often in the headlines for its scuffles with the government and the taxi industry, and expensive surge pricing, but the myriad controversies isn't scaring away big partners, including credit giant American Express. article here

-- Compiled by LCT editor Martin Romjue

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