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Guest Column: City should view Uber as a major opportunity, not a threat

Guest Column: City should view Uber as a major opportunity, not a threat

Earlier this year, the City of Annapolis announced it would begin fining drivers of the ride-sharing service company Uber Technologies. It was no surprise that during that same City Council meeting the owner of a local cab company asked the council to raise taxicab rates. A month later, the City Council passed resolution R-36-14, increasing the cost of a taxi ride by 25 percent. Those hoping for improved service as a result of this increase should not hold their breath. Despite their newfound additional income, cab companies have little incentive to equip their vehicles with basic consumer-friendly features such as air conditioning, credit card readers or GPS to ensure a driver...

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