D.C. cabbies make themselves heard


A taxi caravan of hundreds drove slowly and honked car horns as they held up traffic on Constitution Avenue on Wednesday, refusing to take fares from 11 a.m. to noon in protest of Uber service, which the D.C. Taxi Operators Association says, have unfair advantage over regular cabs since they don’€™t follow the same rules nor pay the same fees. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

D.C. taxi drivers upset about the increasing market share of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft wanted to be heard, and on Wednesday, they certainly were. A caravan not only snarled downtown traffic but filled business corridors with the sounds of echoing car horns, much like the protests that visited several European cities earlier this month. The cab drivers, many of them organized by a Teamsters local, want the city to issue a cease-and-desist order to the ridesharers — much as Virginia recently did to Uber. But the public sympathy — at least on Twitter and Facebook — was hardly on the side of the cabbies, and clogging streets didn’t do much to help that. More from WAMU-FMDCistWJLA-TV and WNEW-FM.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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