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Taxicab Drivers Protest 'Bandit' Car Services

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(FOX 11) LA City Council members Paul Koretz and Gil Cedillo, along with safe and legal Taxicab drivers, are mobilizing a rally to urge fellow councilmembers to recognize that a double standard in the Taxi industry puts Los Angeles citizens at risk. These high-tech bandit cabs operating as rideshare alternatives are unsafe, unregulated, unrestricted and unfair. Drivers for companies such as Uber are not required to pass background checks using fingerprints or have their vehicles inspected for safety.

City Councilmember Paul Koretz comments, "I would ask my daughter not to ride in an Uber car because, in my opinion, they are unsafe. We've seen incidents where Uber riders right here in Los Angeles, as well as all around the nation, have been endangered. Without regulation, these ridesharing services should not be allowed to operate on our streets. We have a moral obligation to level the playing field with vigorous background checks. As a City Councilmember, I urge my friends in Sacramento to vote yes on Assembly Bill 612."

Councilmembers Koretz and Cedillo, in conjunction with the city's legal and safe taxicab drivers, are pushing for the passage of California Assembly Bill 612. AB612, sponsored by State Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian, District 46, is legislation that would level the field in the taxi industry and, more importantly, take necessary steps toward ensuring public safety.

Taxicab drivers will file into Council Chambers for public comment on this very serious public safety issue.

(Source: Dakota Communications)

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