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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Uber conversation set in Little Rock; tickets written in Fayetteville

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

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  • NEED A RIDE?: Uber offers these prices on its website for Fayetteville service.

Word comes today that the Little Rock City Board will finally have a discussion on the Uber car service at its agenda meeting next week. A representative from Uber will talk. The local cab franchise holder, who opposes Uber operation here, will talk. No proposal is on the table yet.

Uber continues to operate in Fayetteville. City government there had said they'd view the car service — operated through a cell phone app and credit card billing — as operating outside the taxi ordinance and write tickets for unregulated operation. A handful of tickets have been written.

Uber is also reportedly continuing to talk with Fayetteville city officials about a framework for operation there.

UPDATE: Two Uber drivers were ticketed in Fayetteville last Saturday. Each got tickets for operating without a certificate of public convenience ($70 fine); operating without a taxi permit ($70), and operating without a tax inspection decal ($45). One driver was observed stopping to pick up a passenger and got an additional ticket for impeding the flow of traffic ($145). The first driver was ticketed after an undercover cop arranged a ride.

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