Uber Opens In Cincinnati, Riles Taxi Services

Posted on March 12, 2014

CINCINNATI -- Downtown bar-hoppers, convention-goers and business travelers needing to get around the Cincinnati region soon could be able to quickly hail a private car service with the tap of a smartphone app.

Launching full operations in Cincinnati, however, may not be seamless as Uber could face regulations hurdles and potential backlash from long-established cab operators. City law requires taxis to have in-vehicle meters and drivers to have special taxi licenses. Uber has neither.

"We don't need (Uber)," said Zaq Dhudhi, owner of RiverFront Taxi Services. "We have a lot of taxis in Cincinnati, and we do our job. We're good for Cincinnati. I don't want to fight, but we pay for licenses – and if they don't have a license, how are they going to operate?"

City Council has made efforts in recent years to loosen the reins on taxi regulations, and some city leaders view Uber's quick and efficient service as another puzzle piece in Downtown's resurgence. Uber has been popular among Millennials and visitors in places like Boston, New York and San Francisco.

“Our understanding is they’re ready to go,” Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld said. “If something arises, we can address it.”

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  • Ben

     | about 6 years ago

    Uber x and lyft drivers are not required to have a commercial liability insurance and Personal auto policies do not allow drivers to use their vehicles commercially—including using the vehicle to ferry paying passengers around town. Consumer Reports recently warned: “Don't risk your car insurance by operating your vehicle as a part-time taxi.” Insurance companies have stated they will cancel the policies of drivers who use their vehicles in a commercial manner. The only certain route to insurance safety and public safety is full-time commercial auto liability insurance coverage and transparency which all taxi company must have to operate in Cincinnati Until then, these companies will continue to seek record profits by shifting the substantial financial cost of commercial insurance onto passengers, drivers, innocent bystanders and local governments in the form of public safety risks to all. Ben Ayele

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