The conflict between Uber and the Taxi Cab Commission stems over a disagreement on background check requirements
(KTRS) – A busy Friday for Uber in St. Louis.
First, the ride-sharing service announced a federal lawsuit against the St. Louis Taxi Cab Commission. They argue that the commission has repeatedly employed anti-comptetive practices in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Shortly after, Uber activated their app for the St. Louis market, enabling people to begin hailing rides, and drivers to go into service. It is not clear what the consequences of that decision will be, but we do know that the St. Louis Police Department will not target or ticket Uber drivers. The Post-Dispatch reports that the police say they have “greater concerns than citing or arresting Uber drivers.”
Previously, Uber and the Taxi Cab Commission had clashed over background check requirements. The commission said they would not let Uber operate until drivers must submitted to fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check. Uber counters, saying the use of fingerprinting is discriminatory towards minorities, and the process is burdensome for their drivers, many of whom work just a few hours a week.