Dallas Mayor Investigates Ordinance Targeting Uber Limo Service

Aug 28, 2013

Dallas City Hall’s beef with Uber, the popular app-based limo service, has escalated into an internal investigation. The flap is over an update to the city’s limo ordinance restricting Uber’s service. It was slipped onto the city council agenda for a vote without any public discussion.

Council member Phillip Kingston says he wants to know three things.

“How the ordinance got drafted,” Kingston said. “Two: how and why the tickets were written with the use of vice cops. And three: how it got placed on the agenda.”

Uber limo drivers have received 60 tickets. The city says Uber is not specifically permitted to operate as a limo company. Uber says its drivers are individually permitted by the city.

Kingston calls it ‘livery wars’, and says complaints from cab companies are likely behind the ordinance targeting Uber.

Mayor Mike Rawlings is leading the investigation. And the Uber issue is headed to the Transportation committee.