Taxi commission to ticket UberX drivers

A push to create statewide ride-hailing regulations died in the Missouri Legislature this month — a cue the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is taking as a signal to begin ticketing UberX drivers.

On Sept. 18, the commission voted to allow ride-hailing services, but it required drivers to be fingerprinted and possess a Class E Missouri commercial driver license. That same day, Uber launched UberX, even though drivers had not met the requirements set by the taxi commission, and the company filed a federal lawsuit against the commission alleging anti-competitive practices in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. On Oct. 5, the commission filed its own suit seeking to have Uber barred from operating. The suits are being heard in federal court.

St. Louis police have said officers had “greater concerns than citing or arresting Uber drivers.” But St. Louis County police granted no such leeway, saying drivers would be ticketed.

UberX drivers will be cited for driving without a taxi commission driver’s license or permit. The amount of the fine would be up to a municipal court. The commission would not discuss its enforcement plans, including how it will track down UberX drivers.

“The taxi commission will stop at nothing to take transportation options and work opportunities away from St. Louisans in order to benefit their own interests,” Uber said in a statement Thursday. “Consumers deserve choices and the commission’s illegal efforts to block competition and banish ride-sharing are a disservice to the public.”

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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