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Carolinas Operator Teams Up With Taxi Operator Against TNC

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Laura Canady, co-owner of CLT and SC Express Livery and a board director of the National Limousine Association
Laura Canady, co-owner of CLT and SC Express Livery and a board director of the National Limousine Association

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In another sign of how limousine and taxi operators share common cause on TNCs, Laura Canady will join a taxi industry colleague and a fellow limousine operator in speaking out against Uber transportation permits before the South Carolina regulating agency that issues them.

Canady — who co-owns SC Express Livery in Aiken, S.C., and CLT Express Livery in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, Jeff — will join Dallas Ball of Checker Yellow Cab in  Columbia, S.C., and Clayton Dennard of Going Coastal Transportation of Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 26, 2015 before the South Carolina Public Service Commission in Columbia, S.C.

Canady, a board director of the National Limousine Association, also will be joined by Philip Jagiela, executive director of the NLA.

The public hearing will consider whether Rasier LLC, a subsidiary of Uber Technologies, should be approved for Class C Motor Carrier operating permits throughout the state of South Carolina. Canady and the taxi operators plan to advise the PSC that while they are not against fully compliant competitors in the state, they object to Uber’s application to operate as a non-compliant for-hire service.

Clayton Dennard of Going Coastal Transportation in Charleston, S.C.
Clayton Dennard of Going Coastal Transportation in Charleston, S.C.

In an e-mail to LCT, Canady wrote, “I am extremely lucky that I and my colleagues have the opportunity to stand in front of the South Carolina Public Service Commission to object to Uber Technologies being approved for a Class C Motor Carrier operating permit based on their own application to the state seeking permits through non-compliance of insurance, background checks, state vehicle inspections and of course permission to surge price up to 15 times negotiated rate.”

“Is this truly ‘ridesharing?’” Canady asked. “I and my industry colleagues are not against fair and compliant competition. We actually encourage this. But unfortunately Uber Technologies and other TNCs stray away from our state regulations. Hopefully, with the assistance from the NLA, we intend to gracefully state our full disapproval of permits for these type of companies providing for-hire service in South Carolina.”

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