The SituationSeattle, your City Council is voting at 2pm to dismantle uberX. By restricting uberX to 150 cars, this law will deal a devastating blow to uberX by forcing a vast majority of the almost 1,000 active drivers off of the system. Once enforced, uberX will be instantly unusable for tens of thousands of riders.
Attend the meeting at City Hall, 2 pm today to show your support and demand your voice be heard!
The Committee has heard from uberX supporters—including over ten thousand Seattle residents; The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Visit Seattle; Seattle Nightlife and Music Association; Downtown Seattle Association; Seattle Hotel Association; Seattle Restaurant Alliance; and over 700 drivers—yet our supporters’ voices have fallen on deaf ears.
Why is uberX important to Seattle?
- uberX is far more reliable and higher quality than Seattle’s taxis
- uberX is 30% cheaper than a taxi!
- in just under a year uberX has created almost 1,000 jobs for Seattle’s immigrant and driver community
- uberX saves lives by keeping thousands of drunk drivers off of the road every weekend
The astonishing thing about these points is that our City Council won’t dispute them. UberX is far better for riders, a far better living for almost 1,000 drivers and generally makes quality of life in the city better for its residents.
It was hard for us to believe that an elected body would choose to limit availability of the most affordable ground transportation service in the city while putting almost 1000 drivers out of work—but the goal is essentially to protect a taxi industry that has significant experience in influencing local politicians. They want to make sure there is no viable alternative to a taxi in Seattle, and so today, the Seattle City Council is going to formalize that principle into law.
We need to let them know that this isn’t right. Passing an anti-competitive law will reduce transportation options for Seattle’s citizens, and significantly reduce jobs and income for drivers.
- Sally Clark Councilmember
- Mike O'Brien Councilmember
- Ed Murray Mayor
- Bruce Harrell Councilmember
- Jean Godden Councilmember
- Kshama Sawant Councilmember
- Nick Licata Councilmember
We love and support uberX. It provides a safe, convenient, and dependable transportation option for me and other Seattle residents and visitors.
Capping the number of vehicles will destroy hundreds of small businesses, many from the immigrant community, and drastically reduce the options that Seattleites have to get around the metropolitan area. Putting a cap on the number of drivers and/or the number of vehicles would destroy the Uber model that has brought flexibility, convenience, and safety to riders and drivers alike.
The Committee assigned to drafting these regulations has heard from uberX supporters -- including over ten thousand Seattle residents; The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Visit Seattle; Seattle Nightlife and Music Association; Downtown Seattle Association; Seattle Hotel Association; Seattle Restaurant Alliance; and over 700 drivers -- yet your constituent’s’ voices have fallen on deaf ears.
Politicians should not abuse the legislative system and waste tax payers dollars playing favorites --- politicians are not elected to pick winners and losers or protect dysfunctional industries from competition --- politicians are elected to represent the majority of their constituents --- not a few companies.
We applaud Councilmembers Bagshaw, Rasmussen and Burgess for speaking out in favor of no caps. We hope that the rest of the Council is able to set political ties and campaign contributions aside and look at this issue from the perspective of those that matter most, the rider, the driver, the resident, the voter.
We ask that you represent Seattle - as a progressive, innovative and forward thinking city.
Stand with us on the side technology, transportation choices, service, convenience, safety and opportunity.
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