Uber blames Huntsville, Mobile mayors for stalling ride-booking law

A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016.
Ride-sharing cab service Uber on October 28 lost a British tribunal case brought by drivers demanding basic workers’ rights, in a decision that could affect thousands of workers. / AFP / DANIEL SORABJI (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A statewide framework to regulate ride-booking firms such as Uber and Lyft stalled in the Legislature, and it’s unclear when such companies could begin launching new service in Alabama communities.

Al.com reports  that Uber, through a spokeswoman, points to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as culprits for the stalled legislation.

Uber spokeswoman Evangeline George says it’s unfortunate that the Mobile and Huntsville mayors blocked one set of rules that would have brought Uber throughout Alabama.

The legislation didn’t get a final vote before this year’s legislative session ended.

Representatives for the two cities are defending their positions, setting up a potential standoff on whether Uber and Lyft should be regulated by the Public Service Commission, or by local governments in the cities where they operate.


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