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Uber Learns What It's Like To Mess With Texas

Posted on August 26, 2013

Per a late addition to Wednesday's meeting agenda, the Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote on a measure that will redefine everything from who can dispatch a car to who can drive a limo to the cost of a limousine's off-the-lot sticker price.
Per a late addition to Wednesday's meeting agenda, the Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote on a measure that will redefine everything from who can dispatch a car to who can drive a limo to the cost of a limousine's off-the-lot sticker price.

[UPDATE: 8/28 5:55 p.m. PT: Dallas Defends Use Of Police To Crack Down On Uber]

DALLAS -- Uber pulled into Dallas in one year ago, offering residents a ride with a few taps of an app. Drunk or stuck or just not sure where you are?

Fine by Uber, which uses your smartphone's GPS to track you down, send you the flat rate for getting from Here to There, and dispatch a nearby car-service driver, whose progress you can follow to all the way to the pick-up point.

The measure doesn't come out and say it's aimed directly at Uber, only that "the use of computer applications and other technologies by some providers of limousine service has distorted certain distinctions between limousines and taxicabs," and that it's high time the city "establish those distinctions to help the public understand the differences between those types of passenger transportation services." City Hall also wants to be able to regulate drivers being dispatched via app.

Dallas Morning News article here

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