Hales and Novick Say: Let Cabs Charge Whatever They Want

Latest Portland City Hall plan for Uber will get vote on Tuesday

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A city experiment to legalize Uber and deregulate Portland’s taxi industry—deemed “Taxis Gone Wild”—is returning to City Council next week with a new twist: no fare restrictions for cabs.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick announced in a press release they've tweaked their plan for Uber and its competitor Lyft for a 120-day test drive. They say they've responded to cab-company ...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

We are Entering World of Pain: Uber and CBC

City Hall Delays Uber Deal the Week Before 11,000 Important People Come to Drink in Portland

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Portland is not getting Uber in time for the most important week of drunken tourism in its history.At least that's the word from last night's City Council meeting, where the five people who make laws in this city tabled a deal that would have finally allowed the rideshare company into a city with a desperate taxi situation where there are far too few cabs on the streets, and where, if you do finally ...   More
 
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Portland Officials Finalize Plan for Uber; Data Questions Linger

City also announces Uber's payment of a $67,750 fine.

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The city of Portland announced Monday that the ride-hailing service Uber has paid $67,750 in fines accrued during the month of December, when the company picked up passengers without city approval.The payment is another sign that Uber's conflict with the city, which flared late last year when Commissioner Steve Novick pledged a short-lived crackdown, is now in the rear-view mirror.  That ...   More
 
Monday, April 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Eugene Becomes Uber’s Latest Testing Ground For New Strategy: Skip Town

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Eugene delivered a stern message to Uber on Friday: Follow the rules or get out.Following a national strategy forged in Portland last December, Uber got out.The Register-Guard reported that a hearings official ruled to fine the ride-hailing company $1,500 per day for violating city code and upheld $66,000 in civil penalties Uber accrued since February for operating without the proper license.Instead ...   More
 
Monday, April 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Buckle Up: ‘Taxis Gone Wild’ May Come to Pass in Portland

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A city experiment to deregulate Portland’s taxi industry—deemed “Taxis Gone Wild,” by City Commissioner Steve Novick—gained speed today, at a meeting where a special task force voted on rules to govern the Uber and other ride-hailing companies.   Uber and Lyft are set to roll back to town mid-month for a 120-day pilot period. In preparation of their arrival, the task force has been ...   More
 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

City May Require Uber To Share Its Ride Data

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After Mayor Charlie Hales brokered a deal in December allowing Uber and competitors to come back Portland this month, a big question loomed: Would Uber share it’s tightly-held data with city regulators so they could create policies to govern the tech giant?The latest set of rules drafted by a special task force are pointing to yes—Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing companies will likely have ...   More
 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland City Hall May Allow Uber's "Surge Pricing"—Except in Emergencies

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Uber is rolling back into Portland this month. And it looks like the company will be allowed to bring its controversial "surge pricing" with it.Draft recommendations from Portland officials, who are creating new rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, show the city plans to mostly allow Uber's "surge pricing"—which hikes fares when demand is high. The exception? Portland will bar surge pricing ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

City Hall Plans April 15 Vote to Let Uber and Lyft Pick up Passengers in Portland

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Portland city officials are preparing rule changes to allow ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to begin picking up passengers in the city by mid-April. Documents released this afternoon show the City Council is scheduled for an April 15 vote to give Uber and Lyft formal approval to operate in Portland with a "pilot program." That vote is expected to confirm much of the informal deal Mayor Charlie ...   More
 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

Portland Man Sues Uber for Driver Data Breach

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A Portland man who used to drive for Uber has sued the ride-app company in a San Francisco federal court for failing to inform him and other contractors their personal information was exposed in a data breach. Uber announced last month that an outside party accessed a database with the names and drivers licenses of 50,000 drivers in May 2014. In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, Sasha Antman accuses ...   More
 
Friday, March 13, 2015 AARON MESH

City Council Set to Discuss Uber for the First Time Since It Left Town

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Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales cut a deal with ride app Uber to temporarily leave Portland while city officials crafted new rules for so-called "ride-sharing" companies.Just a little over a month remains until April 9, the date Hales promised Uber it could return to Portland—and the City Council has yet to publicly debate the coming upheaval in the taxi market.That silence is about end.City Commissioner ...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

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