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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

City of Orlando tickets Uber vehicles as "gypsy cabs"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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Today, Bungalower.com reports that the city of Orlando ticketed drivers of multiple UberX vehicles, which began operating in the city earlier this month, for violating vehicle-for hire laws. Drivers, who use their own cars to take passengers around town, were fined $450 and had their cars towed.

Why? According to the Bungalower's conversation with the city, they are treating Uber vehicles like "gypsy cabs." The city is meeting with Uber and other taxicab companies to discuss ... and by "other" companies, we're sure they mean Mears, which runs the majority of the cab service in town. Mears blasted Uber when it first came to Orlando, accusing it of putting passengers at risk and of violating city ordinances.

Orlando is not the first city to crack down on Uber. The service came under fire in New Orleans and London recently, and it's facing lawsuits and legal challenges, alleging everything from wrongful death to withholding tips, in multiple states. Uber says it's just trying to bring competition to the dated transportation industry, which it says is long due for a makeover.

Maybe it's just us, but this effort to push Uber around sounds just a little of the Great Food Truck Regulation Caper of 2013. If the city can't control it (and find a way to make money off it, more than likely), Orlando citizen, you can't have it.

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