Uber claims new D.C. taxi rules will shut it down

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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is refuting claims from Uber that new regulations passed by the city would force them to shut down.

Uber, the luxury car service which patrons use to hail rides throughout Washington, claimed in a blog post Friday afternoon that they would have to effectively shut down on June 1. They said that the new regulations would stop patrons from being able to make digital payments and force them to turn over data about rides patrons take.

They also said that the DCTC would be able approve or deny Uber's iPhone app, which most customers use to call cars.

Taxicab Commission spokesman Neville Waters denies those claims, though, saying that no other District-based car service plans to shut down.

"There is nothing in the proposed regulations that would require Uber or any other digital reservation system to shut down," Waters said in a statement. "The regulations have been designed to prevent potential credit card fraud."

Waters also said that the regulations set to go into effect are what Uber, in fact, agreed to last year when the D.C. Council passed its Taxicab Innovation Act.

The two sides even sparred briefly on Twitter Friday night after Uber made its claims.

Tell @mayorvincegray to STOP the anti-innovation regulations. Don't let DCTC bring us down:… #UberDCLove #DCTech

— Uber DC (@Uber_DC) May 17, 2013

Proposed DCTC regs would not require #Uber to shut down. No other digital res services plan to cease operations...hmmm #opportunityknocks

— DC TAXICAB COMM. (@dctc3_dc) May 17, 2013