Archive for August, 2013

Uber, Dallas City Council and the Status Quo

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Uber provides one of the best personal transportation experiences ever.  In return for providing a great service, Uber has irked the existing taxicab establishment and Dallas City Council who regulates and makes money off of cab services.  Sadly, the Dallas City Council chooses to ignore that locals and out-of-town guests enjoy and want Uber’s great service, which, among other things, is lauded by its loyal customers for its prompt service, great drivers, the cleanliness of the cars, the cost, and the ability to share cab fares.  Most importantly, Uber is safe, prompting many who would otherwise drive at night after a few to leave their cars at home and use Uber.

On August 28th, City Council plans to vote to force Uber to apply for operating authority as a limousine company from the city which will force Uber to operate under rules that will degrade its service and add costs that will have to be passed on to its loyal customers.   This cannot be good for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, as many key decision makers for conventions are Uber users.  How does Dallas City Council’s actions help the Omni, the NYLO, the Adolphus Hotel, and the Dallas Hyatt Regency?  The next time City Council elections come around, remember Uber.  We certainly will.