Myrtle Beach city leaders invite cab drivers to share opinions of Uber
Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - There are new details on a company the city of Myrtle Beach says is operating illegally. The ride sharing company Uber is driving some local businesses to ask the city for a solution. The Uber app is already being used for quick and easy rides around Myrtle Beach, but taxi cab drivers say not so fast.
At Tuesday's city council workshop, cab drivers say they plan to show up to discuss what can be called the "Uber Issue". Uber is a business operating without a city or state license, and even after two weeks the company has not sought one from the city of Myrtle Beach. This is not a unique situation to our area, as city spokesperson Mark Kruea says jurisdictions all over the world are dealing with this same problem. But here at the beach, taxi drivers are taking a stand, saying Uber should have to jump through the same hoops they did to be able to operate here.
They also say Uber is more than just the "tech company" that it claims to be, and the company should fall under the same regulations as taxis. WMBF News talked with a local woman whose son is an Uber employee in another state, and has seen Uber operate successfully. She says Uber and the city need to try to work together to resolve this issue.
"It can cause a lot of conflict," said Dawna Parks, whose son works for Uber. "And, I think the city needs to work to resolve this. Come up with some kind of happy medium where everybody can be happy. There's plenty enough visitors here during the summer to have work for everyone."
Kruea says it's going to take a lot of work for the city to find a solution, and today's discussion will be a first step. At Tuesday morning's city council workshop taxi drivers will have a chance to voice their concerns and opinions to council members.
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