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NEW: Portland Taxis Converge on Pioneer Square to Protest Uber

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Portland taxi drivers and management will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesday to protest City Hall's plan to regulate the rideshare company Uber. 

The taxi companies want to urge city officials to create better regulations that ensure companies like Uber play by the same rules as Portland's regulated private-for-hire-transportation providers.

The 4 p.m. conference will be held by the Transportation Fairness Alliance which is comprised of Broadway Cab, Green Transportation, Portland Taxi Cab Company, Sassy’s Cab Co., Union Cab PDX, and Radio Cab. 

Prior to the press conference, a caravan of out-of-service taxicabs will drive from Northeast Portland to Pioneer Courthouse Square, which will be filled with other out-of-service cabs. The cabs are meant to symbolize company solidarity.

Commissioner Steve Novick will convene the newly formed Private For Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force, with the first of three meetings set to occur on  Jan. 14.

On April 9, the task force will present its plan to city council, but regardless of what the city determines, Uber says it plans to come back to Portland after April 9. 

If you stand with the Transportation Fairness Alliance you can sign their petition here


Related Slideshow: What 20 Cities Around the World Did when Uber Came to Town

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Louisville, KY

Uber launched in Louisville just in time for the Kentucky Derby last Summer.

Late last month, however, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority barred Uber from operating at its taxi pick-up and drop-off stations.

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New Orleans, LA

After seven months of wrangling, the New Orleans City Council ultimately voted in favor of legalizing ride-sharing services like UberX.

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New Delhi, India

The city's transportation authority banned Uber after accusations surfaced that an Uber driver took a young woman to a secluded area and raped her.

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Boston, MA

The City of Boston began working with a task force to work toward establishing ridesharing regulations.

This is after the city’s taxi cab union organized a rally where cab drivers drove around the block where Uber’s officers are and honked their horns for an hour.

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Amsterdam, Nederland

The Netherlands banned Uber services outright.

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Las Vegas, NV

Nevada issued a statewide ban against Uber after a court argued that the company operates just like a taxi business.

Uber temporarily halted its operations in the state later that week.

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Chicago, IL

The city government of Chicago chose to not take action when Uber came to town so its taxis did.

The Illinois Transportation Administration and the city’s taxi union sued the city in district court for allowing the company to operate in the city without becoming licensed operators.

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The government of Taiwan issued approximately $30,000 in fines to Uber before serving the company with a cease and desist letter.

Government suspended the licenses of a number of Uber drivers, according to reports.

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London, UK

London Mayor Boris Johnson stated it would be difficult to ban Uber without legal review.

In response, the city’s cab drivers staged protests similar to the one in Boston.

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Toronto, Canada

The City of Toronto issued a court injunction against the Uber last month.

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Seattle, WA

The Seattle City Council ruled 8-1 to allow Uber to operate in its city.

In the past, citizens have often been critical about the taxi system in Seattle.

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Montreal, Canada

Uber began operating in Montreal last month, and was quickly deemed illegal by the city government.

The company entered an agreement with the Royal Mounted Canadian Police to conduct background checks on its drivers and other safety regulations.

Meanwhile, the battle between the city and company is carrying on.

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Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled that Uber is subject to the same rules and regulations imposed on other for-hire vehicles in the state.

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Bangkok, Thailand

The Thai government deemed Uber illegal last month. Drivers face maximum fines of up to $121 (฿4,000).

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Hoboken, New Jersey

Police in the City of Hoboken began ticketing Uber drivers for violating the city code on taxis. Fines can be as high as $1,000.

The mayor of Hoboken, on the other hand, has called Uber a valuable transportation option and said he wants to make it available to residents and visitors.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward County issued stern warnings against Uber, saying it would impound its drivers’ cars.

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San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio City Council is considering a vote that could increase restrictions on rideshare companies like Uber.

Uber responded with a letter stating that if the and amended ordinance is passed, Uber may have to abandon operations in the city.

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Salem, OR

The City of Salem issued a letter seven days after Uber began operating in its city.

The letter demanded that the company register its drivers and apply for taxi licenses.

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Munich, Germany

Germany also banned Uber from operating in its country this year.

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Denver, CO

Colorado became the first state successfully to pass a law regulating ride sharing by requiring background checks, vehicle inspections, and mandatory insurance for the drivers once they are logged into the app.


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