Oxford Opposes Internet-Based Uber In City

OXFORD, MS (AP) — Oxford officials are discussing what they can do to stop the ride-sharing company Uber from operating in the city.

         Uber Technologies Inc. provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. Uber drivers use their personal cars and often do it for extra cash to supplement their income at other jobs.

         Police Chief Joey East tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Errol Castens he considers Uber an unlicensed taxi company and as such cannot operate in the city.

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         Uber officials argue their business is not an unlicensed vehicle-for-hire service.

         The company has been running ads in local media to attract business.

         Taxi and limo companies in other areas have objected to Uber, arguing the web-based businesses have an unfair advantage and light regulation.

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