The news of yet another regulatory fight over once-and-future controversial sedan service Uber has provoked eye-rolls and, from Mayor Vince Gray's chief of staff, moaning about "the Uber zombie hordes." But not everyone is so blasé about capitalism! American Conservative Union Executive Director Gregg Keller thinks that Uber's Washington woes could help Republicans win [...]
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Forever War: Can you muster enough feeling—on a Friday, no less!—to care about another bout between once-controversial sedan service Uber and the D.C. Taxicab Commission? This time, it involves Uber Taxi. -4
Tunnel of Love: Metro is launching a new week-long pass aimed at people who take frequent, short trips. +2
You'd be forgiven for being skeptical after so many delays, but the D.C. Taxicab Commission voted today to require that all D.C. cabs install the equipment to accept credit card payments by Aug. 31. For real this time.
But it's not all good news for passengers: The new meters will also come with a $0.25 base [...]
Call it the Uber regulation fight, round 2. When ridesharing service Sidecar, which essentially lets anyone with a decent car and a clean record become a driver for hire, launched in Washington last month, D.C. Taxi Cab Commission chairman Ron Linton characterized himself as "surprised," but held back on regulating Sidecar. But today, the commission [...]
The Uber-driver alleged rape story—which featured accusatory listserv emails, surveillance camera footage, and the arrest and abrupt release of the driver without charges last month—is over. The Post reports that prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against the driver.
The decision not to file changes came after discrepancies were discovered between statements from the woman and [...]
Ridesharing service Sidecar, which allows people to turn their cars into taxis, launches today in the District. As expected, the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission is perplexed.
Sidecar, which has already been operating in eight other U.S. cities, matches passengers with cars via a phone app. Unlike other app-dispatch services like Uber, though, Sidecar's drivers are ordinary [...]
Anouar Habib Trabelsi, the 35-year-old Alexandria sedan driver who contracted with dispatch service Uber, won't face charges for allegedly raping a passenger after all, the Washington Post reports. He's expected to be released sometime today.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced this morning that Trabelsi would be charged with first degree sexual abuse for the alleged Dec. [...]
Last December, allegations surfaced on the Cleveland Park listserv that on Dec. 8 a driver for luxury sedan service Uber had raped a customer in the neighborhood. Today, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that an arrest has been made in the case—and Uber admitted that the driver was an approved driver for the service.
The suspect, [...]
A little gas can cause big trouble. Sedan service Uber finds itself the subject of a lawsuit—and with one fewer driver—after a customer's burp allegedly sent the driver into anti-American, anti-gay rant.
The trouble started on Feb. 13, 2012, according to a case filed last month in D.C. Superior Court. Arlington resident Seth Bender ordered an [...]
If you thought Uber made D.C. regulators' heads spin, just wait for SideCar, a ride-sharing service set to launch in the District sometime in the spring. Unlike Uber or traditional taxi services, anyone can sign up to be a driver for SideCar, and passengers don't even have to pay anything.
SideCar, which is already operating in [...]
Now that its legal status in the District has been settled, sedan service Uber is after a new market: taxi dispatch. In a release today, the service announced the addition of taxis to its popular app-based service.
So far, Uber-dispatched cabs will only be available for trips starting in the District. Cab trips would be cheaper [...]
If you're planning to use now-legal sedan service Uber to get between parties in the days leading up to the inauguration, get ready to pay. The company expects to implement surge pricing for the inauguration, according to general manager Rachel Holt.
Uber's surge pricing—meant to encourage more drivers to get on the streets—can make the usual [...]
If you're planning to use formerly controversial sedan service Uber to get around town for New Year's Eve, be ready to pay up. In a video chat this afternoon, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick warned that minimum fares for Uber trips tonight, driven by surge pricing, could reach as high as $100.
Uber's only raising its prices [...]
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In some late-breaking news Friday, a driver for sedan service Uber was accused on a neighborhood [...]
News broke via the Cleveland Park email list today that a driver for the Uber sedan service allegedly raped a customer in Cleveland Park early Friday morning—and the crime was caught on tape.
Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, confirms that police are investigating a forcible sexual abuse case in Cleveland Park [...]