They want to stop Uber and other private sedan services from operating in the city, saying those app-based services have an unfair advantage over regular taxis.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission released the following statement about the protest:
"The DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) is currently working on updated regulations that will ensure a fair, balanced, competitive, and safe system for passengers and drivers. The District’s City Council is also currently considering legislation regarding the role of private vehicles in public transportation. In the meantime, DCTC will continue to enforce against illegal street hails and violations of the reciprocity agreement between Virginia and Maryland. This includes private vehicles that are cited and fine as they have chosen not to register with DCTC; and without proper registration they are operating illegally."
The protest started around 10:45 a.m. and was supposed to end at noon, but lasted longer.
Taxi drivers in D.C. created a mid-day traffic jam in a protest against ride sharing companies and temps who do not face the same regulations as professional drivers. (WTOP/Nick Ianelli)
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