Apr 23, 2015 11:13 AM
Uber and Manchester officials still negotiating rules for ride-sharing
MANCHESTER - Uber continues to argue about rules for operating in Manchester, but the ride-sharing company says it has no intention of pulling out of the city.
Earlier this week, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to require Uber to comply with the same rules as taxi drivers, including licensing its drivers. Uber has argued it is a technology company and should not be subject to the same rules as taxis.
“Manchester is an important market for us,” William Guernier, Uber’s East Coast operations director, told the Union Leader responding to the vote. “It’s a little disappointing; it feels like we’re back at square one”
Mayor Ted Gatsas said he is still committed to working out a resolution with the ride-sharing companies and is asking Police Chief David Mara for his perspective on Uber's practices around background checks, drug and alcohol testing and vehicle registrations for its drivers.
“I believe we are all willing, and committed, to finding a successful resolution between ride-sharing companies and the city and I hope this is a means to an end,” Gatsas wrote in a letter, which was copied to the aldermen.
Uber started operating in Manchester in October of last year. But city officials and taxi drivers have raised concerns about the business model.
Uber also operates in Portsmouth and Nashua.