Uber Responds to Road Block in Fayetteville Launch

FAYETTEVILLE - After hitting a road block with its Fayetteville launch, Uber car service is speaking out.

The Uber app connects passengers with drivers for hire.

Thursday, City Attorney Kit Williams sent the company a cease and desist letter. He warns that Uber drivers may not have proper insurance to cover drivers, and police say Uber has not met city requirements to run a taxi service.

Friday Uber released a statement to KNWA saying: "Uber is a technology company that connects riders and drivers through a mobile app. We do not own any vehicles or hire any drivers - Uber partners with independent contractors who use our platform for lead generation. When we enter a city, we often find that regulations are antiquated and don't account for modern technologies like Uber. Rather than trying to force Uber under existing code - which is often like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole - we want to work collaboratively with city officials to modernize existing regulations and create a regulatory framework that embraces more choice and greater opportunity for residents and visitors. We want to ensure we educate local officials on our business model, the value we're providing communities, and how existing transportation regulations simply don't make sense for a technology company. We look forward to continuing conversations with officials to find a permanent home for Uber in Fayetteville."
Earlier report:
City Attorney Tells Uber Taxi Service to 'Cease and Desist' Plans to Launch in Fayetteville

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