A Seattle-based taxi association, the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association, filed a lawsuit against Uber for continuing to operate illegally in King County (the county in which Seattle is centered). Despite the City Council’s vote earlier this month, Uber seems to continue to push against its regulations.
The association is suing the so-called “ridesharing” company for not abiding by the same laws as required for taxicabs in Seattle. Its primary claims are:
- Washington state law fines limousine services if they allow customers to make arrangements to immediately ask for a driver from their current location;
- Association members would be forced to pay a $1,000 fine or spend 90 days in jail should they too choose to provide taxi services without meeting both the City of Seattle and King County requirements;
- The ability to immediately hail an Uber driver by smartphone is illegal in the state of Washington.
The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association seeks compensation for damages equal to the fares and tips lost to Uber and “exemplary damages” that amount to three times the lost fares and tips caused by Uber. The article, published in Geek Wire, also lists the suit document and can be read here.
This is not the first lawsuit Uber has encountered. In Chicago, there is a sexual harassment suit involving a driver who allegedly fondled a passenger. Meanwhile, also in Chicago, taxi drivers are suing the city for not regulating these “ridesharing” companies.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, there is the horrible and tragic case involving an Uber driver who hit and killed a 6-year-old girl. Uber has said the accident is not its responsibility.
Is this what Uber calls being a good corporate citizen?