Uber operating Illegally in Myrtle Beach

Published: Jul. 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2016 at 8:15 PM EDT
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City spokesman Mark Kruea says the service, Uber, is providing illegally in Myrtle Beach. |...
City spokesman Mark Kruea says the service, Uber, is providing illegally in Myrtle Beach. | Source: Conor McCue

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - At Myrtle Beach International Airport, cabs are lined up one by one, desperately waiting for any business.

"I've had 3 phone calls since 10 o'clock this morning; normally I have 20 to 25," explained Bob Carroll, owner of City Cab.

He has been driving cabs for years and says Uber will drive his business into the ground.

"My average cab driver meter is $250 a night during the season, last night all of them brought home about $60," said Carroll. "It's bullying, you know, its price gouging."

Carroll says Uber drivers aren't following the same rules as cab drivers and the city agrees.

Thursday night city spokesperson Mark Kruea issued a statement saying 'Uber is not legally authorized to conduct business in the city of Myrtle Beach at this time.'

He says Uber does not have a business license and has never even contacted the city about getting one.  Drivers could face misdemeanor charges for continuing to work.

We decided to see if Uber was actually giving rides.  After a short eight minute wait, a driver pulled up outside WMBF news. He declined to give us a ride but says he was unaware he was operating illegally.

We inquired with Uber about the city's statement and it told us:

'Uber is not a transportation company. We're a technology company that connects riders to drivers with the safest ride on the roads.'

Kruea says a technology company is still providing a service and they don't have those licenses either.  He also says since Uber post its fares online; it is by definition a taxi service.

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