June 28, 2017

Uber isn’t coming to small town Alabama, company blames Huntsville and Mobile



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Uber, through a spokeswoman, is pointing directly at Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as the culprits for the stalled legislation, which didn’t get a final vote as the hours ticked down Friday on the legislative session.

For cities without Uber service, it’s unclear if or when a Transportation Network Company, such as Uber, will arrive.

“It is unfortunate that the mayors of Mobile and Huntsville blocked one set of rules that would have brought Uber throughout Alabama, preventing people from across the state from earning money and getting safe rides,” said Uber spokeswoman Evangeline George.

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

The Huntsville city legal department, in […]

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