Portland Sues Uber Over Lack Of Proper Permits
The dream of the Nineties may live on in Portland, Ore., but for Uber, it’s a nightmare that’s just beginning.
Bloomberg reports the city government sued the transportation network company just three days after the latter began operations in the Rose City. The complaint, filed in state court in Multnomah County, says Uber is in violation of over 20 civil and criminal law provisions because the TNC and its drivers lack the proper permits, and the city seeks to block the company from operating in the city.
Representative Eva Behrend didn’t see the fuss, however:
Uber has received a tremendously warm welcome from riders and drivers in and around Portland. We appreciate the way residents have welcomed Uber into the Rose City, their support illustrates why it’s time to modernize Portland transportation regulation.
Portland joins New Delhi and Rio de Janeiro in putting the hammer down on Uber: the Delhi state government recently banned the TNC after a driver was accused of rape earlier this week, while in Rio, the city’s municipal transportation department filed a complaint with police over the TNC’s lack of taxi service licenses.
As a resident of a Portland, Oregon neighborhood that gets taxi-swamped on weekends, I would welcome any innovation that would alleviate the inherent problems with current ride options. However, the arrogance of Uber makes them an easy target, especially in the atmosphere of our fair city. The task is difficult enough, it would seem to me, without purposely alienating the local government. In my area alone, within three blocks I have a freeway on ramp, three bus lines and both light rail and street cars. My cars mostly stay parked unless time or cargo requires extra seats or a trunk.
I've used Uber before but the more I read about them the more I hope they go under after causing just enough disruption to cause the Taxi industry to modernize. To me the real reason for uber is CC payments. I travel mostly for work an use a CC for anything over $20.00. So $40.00 cab rides from the airport annoy me. Uber is super shady. Im also surprised they haven't been shut down more places where the are outright breaking the law/no following regulations. Here in CT they are out right breaking the law from what I can see reading the regulations. You need to register with the state as both a taxi and a black car here. An the way the operate CT law would require them to be Taxis as they provide an on demand service not a pre arranged reservation system.
Hah, you people make me laugh...Uber is shady? When was the last time you took a cab from LaGuardia or Kennedy to any of the five borroughs, hmmm? Talk about a ripoff, scam, and bait/switch industry. I'm sorry, I have to call bullsqueeze on all of you! Sheesh.
NOW, cringing manservant, now! Slam that heavy door into the pasty-faced attack weasel's head!