DCTC decision shuts down competition in taxi service
The decision appears clearly intended to forestall the company Uber – which the D.C. Council formally approved to offer sedan-on-demand services in December 2012 — from rolling out its new, lower-cost option “uberX,” which makes use of hybrid vehicles.
“Banning uberX is a cynical move to protect cabs from competition,” R Street Associate Policy Analyst Michael Hamilton said. “Uber has done more to ensure that D.C. residents have access to pleasant for-hire rides at a fair price than the D.C. Taxicab Commission could possibly hope for. If district regulations are designed to protect consumers, then UberX should clearly be allowed to operate.”