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Dec 4, 2014 4:35 PM

Uber launches in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH - It's not even listed on their website yet, but Uber has come to Portsmouth.

Ryan Fallon is the sole Uber driver in the Seacoast area. He said he signed up because he saw a need.

John Palreiro, co-owner of Great Bay Taxi said Uber should not be allowed to operate unless they purchase a medallion and follow the same guidelines as taxi drivers.

"Because you are picking up, you are dropping off, you are for-hire. You know, you're a taxi," Palreiro said.

Uber classifies itself as a ride-sharing program. So what's the difference? Uber drivers aren't allowed to pick anyone up unless they are requested through the app.

The app is what makes Uber so attractive to customers. Palreiro said Uber is taking it too far. He thinks the CEO should have sold to app for cab companies to implement.

"He could've really modernized the taxi business in every city in the United States. I think it's all because of greed," Palreiro said.

The City said no one has asked them to take action against Uber, so for now the service is available in Portsmouth.

The Taxi Commission has concerns that will be discussed at the next meeting on December 17th.

Palreiro will be there, and said if the commission doesn't stop Uber, he'll pull his service out of the city on one of the busiest nights of the year.

"I hope they have a bunch of taxis New Years Eve because I'll take all my taxis to Dover," Palreiro said.


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