DC to deregulate the taxi system so that taxis can better compete with Uber

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I just came back from DC and I saw quite a few Uber and Lyft vehicles. More than even a couple of months ago.

(From The Daily Caller)

Cab drivers in the nation’s capital are struggling in what they call an unfair market due to Uber attracting business away from traditional cabs as customers opt for the company’s lower fairs and convenience. The D.C. Taxicab Commission (DCTC) released a 17-page proposal Wednesday outlining their plans, which includes the aggressive creation of a new app based “vehicle for hire” service called Xclass, reports WAMU.

While city regulators said it was not intended as a way to directly compete with Uber, they will follow the streamlined model that allows instant connectivity between customers and vehicles. Xclass, which will begin as a pilot program, will be separate from standard street-hailing cab services and will have a massively deregulated operations process, allowing for greater flexibility with fairs, drivers and vehicles.

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