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Perhaps she is acting in good faith.... Just received this reply from Mary Cheh:
I very much share your enthusiasm for Uber. From the outset, I have wanted to ensure that Uber is able to continue operating legally in the District, and in truth, my amendment was actually meant to do just that. I think innovation is good, and I think that the District—with Captial Bikeshare, car2go, the Circulator, and Uber—is at the forefront of progressive transportation options. I am pleased to report that we were able to work something out that was satisfactory to both Uber and the Council, and I’ll be working to introduce more permanent legislation in the fall.
Thanks for your note.
1 year, 4 months ago on Uber CEO’s Letter To DC City Council
my letter: I find it really shocking that the DC City Council is making an effort to undercut Uber's transportation service by price fixing -- Uber is offering an amazing service - and their idea to add lower cost, environmentally superior hybrid vehicles to the city's mix of affordable transportation options is a good one. Rather than encouraging competition and free enterprise, not to mention cleaner air... the City Council's protectionist measures seem ill advised. Why not encourage the DC taxi fleet to go hybrid , as well? Why not encourage the city's taxi drivers to be polite, responsible, clean, reliable, and safe, rather than trying to undercut the "competition"?
I had never used Uber until today -- when I had to take my 90+ year old mother - recently released from the hospital -- to and from the surgeon's office. The last time I tried to call a cab for her at her doctor's office, she had to wait more than 50 minutes and nearly fainted from the heat. Today, we tried to hail a taxi, but none would stop when they saw her wheelchair. Using Uber, we had a ride at the door within four minutes - it was a clean, air conditioned car, the driver was polite and careful; he helped her out of her wheelchair, and then stowed the chair in the trunk of the car without complaint. The return trip was equally successful. I had planned to take a taxi, but again, none would stop for us.
Consumers deserve a choice -- I take metro bus, trains, taxis, and now, I'm a big fan of Uber, as well, even though it's expensive. There are times when those other options simply are not viable. The idea that the DC city council would vote to discourage LOWER prices for consumers, environmentally sound transportation, and more convenient service to its citizens seems outrageous. You should be helping the citizens of the District by voting down this anticompetitive, anti environmental, fiscally harmful policy that undercuts our choices and add an unnecessary financial burden to those of us in the city who do not have cars.
Please strike down the MINIMUM FARE language from the Uber Amendment.
1 year, 4 months ago on Strike Down the Minimum Fare Language in the DC Uber Amendment