Uber Fail

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 24, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I am a 14-year veteran of Yellow Cab and welcome fair competition because it makes me smarter, stronger, and better ["Crash Course," News, Aug. 7].
    To be a cab driver I must:
   1) Pass a 10-year criminal background check (fingerprint) through the DPS and FBI databases. … Uber? Nope.
   2) Provide a three-year certified driving record to prove I've had no accidents or moving violation. … Uber? Nope.
   3) Pass a city test proving I can navigate the city. … Uber? Nope.
   4) My cab is inspected by the state once a year and six months later by the city (more stringent). … Uber? Nope.
   5) My rates are set by the city. … Uber? Nope.
    What say you, Austin? Fair or foul? Please contact your Council member with your thoughts. Pro bono consults welcome.
Michael Smith
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