D.C. Council Votes Tuesday on Uber Amendment to Taxi Modernization Bill

Photo by Judith Beermann
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at Uber DC launch
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at Uber DC launch

The D.C. City Council plans to vote Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the D.C. Taxi Modernization Bill that would make it illegal for Uber (the on-demand private car service launched late last year in D.C. and now in nine U.S. cities) to lower its prices or to offer a low cost service in any form.

On July 4, 2012, Uber announced a roll out of a lower cost service called Uber X for its all-hybrid fleet around the country, with the exception of D.C.

The Uber Smartphone app (Photo by: Uber) The Uber Smartphone app

As Uber writes on its blog, “The Council’s intention is to prevent Uber from being a viable alternative to taxis by enacting a price floor to set Uber's minimum fare at today's rates and no less than 5 times a taxi's minimum fare. Consequently they are handicapping a reliable, high quality transportation alternative so that Uber cannot offer a high quality service at the best possible price. They want to make sure there is no viable alternative to a taxi in Washington D.C., and so on Tuesday (tomorrow!), the DC City Council is going to formalize that principle into law.”

Uber has asked anyone who is concerned to write or call D.C. councilmembers asking them to strike down the MINIMUM FARE language from the Uber Amendment.

Sign the petition here.

 Phil Mendelson (Chairman), (202) 724-8064, pmendelson@dccouncil.us

0 Comments For This Article

Paul Bowers

Uber has burned some major bridges on this one.

How can they work with the Council and agree to these terms (which ain't so bad to avoid taxi commission oversight) and then turn around and organize their Uber-Twits to blast the legislation?

Just shows how easy it is to fire up folks without giving them all the facts. All you have to tell them is that something that they like is being threatened. The details, at that point, become unimportant.


'Uber Twits?' Nice. Cheh is doing the bidding of a DC taxi industry justifiably concerned about competition from a car service that is in every way superior, if a few dollars more expensive. If you can't compete, legislate-away the competition -- that's the DC way ... If you believe Uber, and I do, they never agreed to Cheh's minimum fare language. In fact, they were not even shown the language until yesterday. Mr. Bowers, try out Uber and after using the service you might understand better why its fans/consumers are so grateful for a cost-compeitive car service that is so superior to DC taxicabs.

Katherine Howard

Because the "urber-twits" as you call us don't have a stake in dc taxi companies becoming an all controlling force in the city.