If the D.C. City Council learned anything during the past 24 hours, it’s this: Don’t mess with Washingtonians’ affordable limo services.
Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) proposed legislation Monday that would impose a minimum fare of $15 for the startup cab service Uber, or five times larger than the base D.C. taxi fare. (Uber dispatches those omnipresent black sedans and SUVs to customers in the District and limited surrounding areas of Virginia and Maryland for a current base fare of $15.)
Upon hearing news of the legislation, many Washingtonians — and even a Member of Congress — took to Twitter to voice their outrage that the city was trying to price out an affordable limo service from the market in order to protect the city’s finicky cabbies.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tweeted about the issue from his official Twitter handle @Jasoninthehouse, “Uber fans unite! D.C. Council wants to keep fares high. This is wrong! #UberDClove” Full story