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Uber-lame? DC City Council amendment could limit taxi-disrupting startup
For some people, cabs can simply suck. In big cities, trying to tag down a cab can be annoying or (if you live in a bad or far-away neighborhood) an exercise in futility. One startup, Uber (which, via an app, sends a private sedan right to wherever you’re standing), cuts through the annoyingness of cabs — you pay a little more, sure, but it’s much less frustrating. However, it’s also disruptive, which is why Washington DC’s City Council is considering a new taxi modernization bill that would effectively limit Uber’s future ability to expand — by preventing the company from offering a low-cost service. The company actually rolled out one recently, but because of the proposed new law (which also, to be fair, does such things as force DC cabs to have GPS devices and take credit cards), couldn’t launch it in the District. Understandably, the company is kind of upset about this. Though, on the other hand, DCist points out that the amendment effectively legalizes the more-expensive service in the District, too. source
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    For some people, cabs can simply suck. In big cities, trying to tag down a cab can be annoying or (if you live in a bad or far-away neighborhood) an exercise in futility. One startup, Uber (which, via an app, sends a private sedan right to wherever you’re standing), cuts through the annoyingness of cabs — you pay a little more, sure, but it’s much less frustrating. However, it’s also disruptive, which is why Washington DC’s City Council is considering a new taxi modernization bill that would effectively limit Uber’s future ability to expand — by preventing the company from offering a low-cost service. The company actually rolled out one recently, but because of the proposed new law (which also, to be fair, does such things as force DC cabs to have GPS devices and take credit cards), couldn’t launch it in the District. Understandably, the company is kind of upset about this. Though, on the other hand, DCist points out that the amendment effectively legalizes the more-expensive service in the District, too. source

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