MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The fight between the city of Myrtle Beach and Uber is continuing to rage on. This past weekend Myrtle Beach police issued tickets to Uber drivers on four separate occasions.
Each time, the driver received one citation for operating without a business license and another for operating without a chauffeur's license. Combined, the tickets cost each driver $1,354.
"The customer calls us directly, and just go give them a ride... that's the way I look at it," said Robert, a local Uber driver.
Robert hasn't been cited yet, and doesn't believe he should be. He says he is simply trying to make a living.
"I'm retired; I live on a pension and social security. I do this to supplement it," explained Robert.
Uber spokesperson Taylor Bennett said the company fully supports their drivers. He says Uber will cover any costs when the drivers are unjustly cited by law enforcement. Any attempt to restrict their drivers threatens their ability to make a living and hurts the people they are transporting.
"I have no idea why the city should have a problem with me trying to make a few extra bucks," asked Robert.
The city maintains it is still illegal to operate a business in Myrtle Beach without the proper licensing. Uber says they are simply a technology company that is creating new jobs in the industry and making transportation cheaper for the public.
"They're a worldwide company, they operate in cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and they have no problems there," said Robert. "All of a sudden Myrtle Beach has a problem?"