DC City Council: Strike down the Minimum Fare language in the Uber Amendment
  • Petitioned Phil Mendelson

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Phil Mendelson
Marion Barry
David Catania
Michael Brown
Muriel Bowser
Tommy Wells
Yvette Alexander
Mary Cheh
Jim Graham
Jack Evans
Kenyan McDuffie
Vincent Orange

DC City Council: Strike down the Minimum Fare language in the Uber Amendment

    1. Martin  Garcia
    2. Petition by

      Martin Garcia

      Washigton, DC

Uber announced a roll out of a lower cost service called UberX: A less expensive Uber option on an all-hybrid fleet. What some of you probably noticed is that there was no roll out of this service in the District. That is because, only days earlier, the DC City Council stated they intended to pass an amendment to the taxi modernization bill that would make it illegal for Uber to lower its prices or to offer a low cost service in any form.

The Council’s intention is to prevent Uber from being a viable alternative to taxis by enacting a price floor to set Uber’s minimum fare at today’s rates and no less than 5 times a taxi’s minimum fare. Consequently they are handicapping a reliable, high quality transportation alternative so that Uber cannot offer a high quality service at the best possible price. It was hard for us to believe that an elected body would choose to keep prices of a transportation service artificially high – but the goal is essentially to protect a taxi industry that has significant experience in influencing local politicians. They want to make sure there is no viable alternative to a taxi in Washington DC, and so on Tuesday (tomorrow!), the DC City Council is going to formalize that principle into law.

I, for one, am pissed (but not surprised) the council would do this, and am standing up for environmentally safer taxi alternatives and cheaper fares. Stand with me and SIGN THIS PETITION.

Please: Take action now!


Recent signatures


    1. We did it!

      Martin  Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Councilmember Chen has shelved the uber amendment and Uber has dropped their rates to $12 for the remainder of July.

      Councilmember Evans reported receiving over 5,000 notes about the amendment.

      Great work folks!

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. Strike Down the Minimum Fare Language in the DC Uber Amendment

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Here are the City Council members’ contact info. Call as many of them as possible!

    4. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patrick Callahan WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      I want a clean vehicle that meets safety standards, not a cab that looks like it's about to fall apart or is filthy.

    • Cliff Davis PUEBLO, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Was in DC, my son told me about this app/service and it was amazing...more than happy to help the cause!

    • Skye Replogle WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't want to see great companies hindered from offering great services by the government.

    • Michael Plytynski WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Commitment to free markets.

    • Ayo Jimoh CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Uber (and UberDC) is a phenomenal service that helped a recent trip to the DC area work out without a hitch. Even with a terrible storm that took out power across the area, Uber was there to efficiently transport our group of 50+ around the DC area. Signing this petition is the least I can do!


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