The D.C. Taxicab Commission has passed new regulations to streamline how digital payments are processed when it comes to e-hailing. It's all part of the "Modern Taxi Meter System" and it goes into effect June 1.
Uber says that may mean the end of Uber Taxi because the system would have to work with payment providers who are integrated with taxi hardware.
"There's no other city or technology company that has successfully integrated in the way D.C. is asking," says Uber D.C. General Manager Rachel Holt. "We've never seen it done and we're not sure it's possible."
According to Ron Linton, Chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, it's all about protecting customers from credit card fraud. He says Uber's comments to the commission on the matter "suggest they want to be totally excused from the regulatory system."
D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she plans to meet with both Uber and the Taxicab Commission this week to try and sort things out.
Within the next few weeks, additional proposed regulations will come up for consideration which would impact Uber's black car service. If approved, the company would be required to hand over ridership data. Linton says it will be used to inform the commission about service, travel times and fare protection for research purposes. Uber calls it snooping.
The company would also be banned from using the Toyota Prius. Linton says the vehicle does not meet minimum weight requirements.