Uber Ordered to Register as Cab Service in Annapolis, Maryland

July 16, 2014

The city of Annapolis wants ridesharing company Uber to stop operating in Maryland’s capital until it registers as a cab service.

Riders connect with drivers using Uber’s smartphone app. The company has been operating in Annapolis since May.

On June 25, acting City Manager Brian Woodward sent a letter to the company explaining city law, including a definition of a taxi as a vehicle for hire that carries seven or fewer people. The city wants Uber to submit an application for a taxicab license. The Capital reports that the city also says Uber needs to apply for a state motor-vehicle permit.

Uber spokeswoman Taylor Bennett says Uber is a technology platform, not a taxi company. She says Uber looks forward to “educating city officials” and developing a solution.

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