Daily Talker: Uber Says New Rules Would Shut Down Service In Cambridge
Tuesday night, the Cambridge License Commission will vote on a series of regulations that could shut down ride-sharing services like UberX and Lyft.
According to a blog post from Uber, the new rules would include a $50 minimum price for any non-taxi car ride no matter the distance or time of the ride, a ban on requesting rides on-demand from anything other than a taxi, and prohibit the use of devices like phones and tablets in calculating fares.
“For a city known for its innovation and progressiveness, it is shocking that Cambridge would cling so blindly to the past and ban an innovation that thousands of its residents and small businesses value and use on a daily basis,” Uber said in a statement posted on its blog.
Taxi drivers around Boston and across the country have been protesting these new services, saying they are stealing fares from licensed cab drivers. The drivers also say UberX and Lyft have an unfair advantage because they don’t have to deal with city rules, regulations, and inspections.
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