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Little Rock's city attorney has sent a letter to ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, which both recently began advertising for drivers here, informing them that the service is illegal and that they must abide by taxicab regulations if they want to operate in the city.

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Print Headline: LR says service is illegal/Seek cab permit, city urges 2 firms


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  • JIMBOB47
    July 14, 2014 at 7:19 a.m.

    If the 'traditional' taxis want to keep up, they need to improve their services. I see these new companies as filling a niche that is not currently available - efficient, readily available, and cost-effective. Ever take a cab from LR airport to a downtown hotel? If so, you'd probably agree with Uber.

  • LevyRat
    July 14, 2014 at 7:32 a.m.


  • glwolverton10260836
    July 14, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

    I agree with JIMBOB47 - I see in the article where LR regulation has a dress code, apparently they do not enforce that or a clean vehicle and driver code. I use Uber quite a bit out of town and find that the private care services is superior to a taxi and a newer and safer vehicle and not a 200k mile ex police car with the screen still in place. Perhaps when taxi services clean their drivers and vehicles up then we can talk about a level playing field.

    July 14, 2014 at 7:47 a.m.

    Glwolverton, do you feel safe using Uber? I agree with your statements on taxis, often dirty, etc. Not always but I dread having to take a taxi. I'd say it's 50/50 whether I get a clean and competent driver vs. well, you know.

  • Nodmcm
    July 14, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

    Where are the "free market" conservatives, now that they are desperately needed to protect "innovative entrepreneurial" firms like Uber and Lyft? Conservative Republicans rule "Down South," yet it appears that there are forces afoot to squelch "innovative, free market, entrepreneurial" firms like Uber and Lyft, especially "Down South." The existing taxi companies have had monopolies for far too long. Monopoly businesses are not "free market," are not "innovative," and are the absolute worst kind of businesses. Fierce competition in a market indeed hurts the competing businesses, but it helps the consumers to get more for less. In a way, a "free market" is "anti-business," at least "anti-existing businesses." What we need in America is a turnover of businesses. We need fiercely competing business sectors, and the way to get there is some good old-fashioned "trust busting" and denial of permission for additional corporate mergers which reduce competition and thus consumer choices. Next after taxi services, let's see an internet start-up figure out a way that we can set up community banks and insurance companies, by and for the people, and cut out the existing, old-school, hidebound banks and insurers. Let's hope we see it quickly. Who says the internet is bad?

  • glwolverton10260836
    July 14, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.

    NOTAGAIN, yes I feel totally safe in the black cars and they are always in a suit and tie and open the doors

  • LevitiCuss
    July 15, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

    We use Uber all the time. Taxi companies are relying on government regulations to protect them from having to enter the 21st century. I'm sick of their whining. Maybe if their cars weren't so crappy and their drivers didn't stink they wouldn't have anything to worry about.