- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 50 taxi drivers parked in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesday to protest the city’s approach to regulating ridesharing services such as Uber.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/CJnmcr ) that a chief concern of the six cab companies that make up the Transportation Fairness Alliance is the city’s decision to exclude them from a task force reviewing Portland’s for-hire transportation codes.

Spokesman Noah Ernst says he thinks the taxi industry deserves a place on the task force.

In December, Uber agreed to pause its service for three months while the city updates its rules. Mayor Charlie Hales has said the task force will make recommendations by April 9. A spokesman for City Commissioner Steve Novick says neither taxis nor Uber are on the task force in the interests of keeping it independent.

Radio Cab driver Babak Talaee says he can’t afford to lose a single customer to an independent rideshare driver “playing by special rules.”

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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