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D.C. Regulators Say Uber Defies Rules with Less Expensive UberX

Excerpt from WYNC

Aug 14, 2013 8:58 am

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D.C. regulators see UberX as a direct assault of the traditional taxi industry with fares that are cheaper than Uber and competitive with yellow cabs. Another launch and another regulatory battle seem to be all in a day’s work for Uber.

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On August 8, Uber launched a new service in Washington, UberX, designed to compete with taxicabs by offering similar or cheaper fares—a $5 base fare and $2.50 per mile if the car travels over 11 mph—in fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles.

The D.C. Taxicab Commission says the vehicles that customers are e-hailing through UberX do not comply with regulations for sedans. Once again, the Commission says Uber is operating outside the rules.

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