Cab company owners who serve Princeton are asking town officials to ban ride services like Uber.
The owner of Amigo Taxi called on the Princeton Council tonight to address the issue of unlicensed taxis operating in town. He did not name Uber or similar services like Lyft and Sidecar by name.
Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert said the town’s public safety committee is looking at the Uber issue and should take action within about a month.
Uber, a San Francisco ridesharing company, uses a smartphone app to connect riders with drivers. The company has set up shop in more than 70 cities in the United States since launching in 2009 and operates in New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Princeton, just to name a few cities and towns.
The fee taxis can charge for trips departing from Princeton is set by ordinance. The cost of a ride to Princeton Junction from downtown Princeton via a ride service like Uber can be 30 to 60 percent less than the price of taking a licensed taxi.
Some cities have banned the ride services. Other cities like Las Vegas require the drivers to obtain taxi licenses and charge standard rates for taxi services.