Dec 17, 2014 3:06 PM
PORTSMOUTH - Cab drivers are fired up over Uber coming into their territory.
They expressed their concerns to the Portsmouth Taxi Commission on Wednesday. Stephen Gerrato own Rockingham Taxi, he is one of many who are calling on the commission to take action.
"We've put in a lot of time creating ordinances that are not enforced," Gerrato said.
The cabbies are upset Ryan Fallon is operating as an Uber driver against the city's ordinance.
The commission wants the city to give him a cease and desit order. At this time there will be no summons because, according to city attorney Bob Sullivan, no violation has been determined.
The commission's three biggest concerns are background checks for drivers, inspection of vehicles, and liability for accidents. Those are all covered under the city's current ordinance for taxi drivers.
According to Uber, they offer the same safeties.
Fallon says the meeting felt like a one-way street against him, but he's happy the issues are getting aired out.
"The concerns definitely came out so it's good to have everything put on the table," Fallon said.
The commission presented research on Uber and even possible changes that taxis could make to operate more like a ride-sharing service.
The commission will update the city council next week. They also voted to hold a public hearing on the matter on Wednesday, Jan. 14th.
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