St. Louis taxi commission files suit to block Uber operations

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission has filed suit against Uber Technologies and is seeking a restraining order to bar the ride-hailing company from operating in the city and in St. Louis county.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in St. Louis County Circuit Court and came after Uber launched its UberX service last month in defiance of taxicab commission regulations. The MTC alleges UberX has been operating illegally since Sept. 18, since Uber drivers have not obtained MTC commercial driver’s licenses, putting “the general public in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County at an immediate risk of harm.”

“We’re not surprised the MTC is yet again trying to stifle competition and deny people the transportation choices they have in other cities. Their anti-competitive conduct is not only wrong – it’s illegal,” Sagar Shah, general manager for Uber in St. Louis, said in a statement.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 13 before Judge Tom DePriest.

Read more from the St. Louis Business Journal and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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