DC traffic was a shitstorm yesterday, as taxi drivers protested along the streets.
What were they protesting? Apparently DC taxi drivers are in their feelings over companies like Uber and Lyft taking over their territory.
Well guess what? Tough titty!
Here’s the thing with DC taxi drivers. They’re racist as fuck. Yeah, I said it. And guess what? The majority of them are black! By black, I mean they’re from African countries like Ethiopia and Somalia. Do you know how many times I’ve stood and flagged down a taxi, only for them the drive by and pick up the white person in front on me? Well I’ve lost track. Want to know how many times I’ve attempted to use a credit card machine only to be told it wasn’t working, because DC taxi drivers hate taking credit cards? Well, I’ve lost track with that one too.
DC Taxi protest against uber and the like on Pennsylvania avenue. Honking taxis in all directions. pic.twitter.com/VJ3b2Yuwbu
— Andrew Matteson (@andrewmatteson) June 25, 2014
Thank god for companies like Uber and Lyft coming in and providing a quality service so I don’t have to get passed over by someone with the same skin color I have.
Authorities said Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest opened in both directions around 1 p.m. The roadway had been closed from 15th to 9th streets Northwest because of the protest. The street closure caused other delays in the downtown area. Ironically, because of the protest, some people reported difficulty hailing cabs.
The drivers are members of the Teamster-affiliated D.C. Taxi Operators Association and the target of their protest is digital dispatched ride-sharing services such as Lyft, UberX and Sidecar, where regular people give rides to others using their private vehicles. The cab drivers have been at odds with the new services saying they have an unfair advantage over regular cabs since they don’t have to follow the same rules and pay the same fees.
Organizers said they planned to deliver a letter and petition to city officials asking them to impose a “cease and desist” order on the services.
Services such as Uber and Lyft have become popular alternatives for people looking for a ride, but such services have faced opposition from the taxi cab industry as well as some state officials. Virginia recently issued a cease-and-desist order to Lyft and Uber, barring the services from giving rides in the state (trips that originate in D.C. and Maryland, however are permitted). The app-based ride-sharing services have received a warmer reception from the D.C. Council where a bill currently under consideration would allow such services to operate in the District as long as they meet certain insurance requirements and follow safety rules. A separate set of proposed regulations by the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission, however, would place limits on the number of hours drivers for these services could operate unless they have a taxi license.