Portsmouth Says Uber, Taxi Drivers Covered By Same Regulations

Dec 18, 2014

Car-sharing service Uber's logo

The City of Portsmouth says that drivers for ride-booking companies such as Uber meet the city's definition of taxi drivers and are subject to the same regulations.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that at a city meeting Wednesday night, cab drivers applauded the city's position. The city did not rule on whether to shut down an Uber driver currently operating in the city, as the cabbies had asked.

Uber and others like it use an app to allow riders to summon a vehicle and know exactly when the driver will arrive. Cabbies say it puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

Ryan Fallon, an Uber driver in the city, says he's not like a cab because he only books fares through the app and can't take a cash payment.