Uber’s woes mount as Portland sues it for illegal operation

December 09, 2014 12:24 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:25 pm IST - Washington

International taxi-booking service Uber, which has been banned in Delhi after a woman passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, has been sued by Portland for operating its service illegally.

In its lawsuit, the city of Portland asked the court to declare that the ride provider is subject to city regulations and can’t operate in until it complies with city rules.

The Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, argued that the city’s main concern is public health and safety.

“Our main concern is public health and safety, because the state invested in the cities the responsibility to do that. Beyond that, though, is the issue of fairness. Taxi cab companies follow rules on public health and safety,” he said.

“So do hotels and restaurants and construction companies and scores of other service providers. Because everyone agrees: good regulations make for a safer community. Uber disagrees, so we’re seeking a court injunction,” Mr. Hales said.

After the lawsuit was filed, Transportation Commissioner Steve said the city is prepared to issue civil and criminal penalties against Uber and its drivers for operating without required permits and inspections.

Portland requires permits for drivers and companies that offer taxi or executive sedan service within the city limits.

“If Uber thinks there should be no maximum price on what they charge Portlanders, they should make their case to the Portland City Council. If Uber thinks taxi companies shouldn’t have to serve people with disabilities, they should make their case. If Uber thinks taxis should not have to have proper insurance in case of a crash, they should tell us why we should allow that,” he said.

The lawsuit asked the Court to order Uber to stop operating in Portland until it is in compliance with the city’s safety, health and consumer protection rules.

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