Dallas officials, Yellow Cab worked together to thwart Uber transportation appSubmitted by Chris Cheesecurdski on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 16:51
By ROBERT WILONSKY and RUDOLPH BUSH
Published: 14 September 2013 11:24 PM
Updated: 14 September 2013 11:44 PM
Top city officials in Dallas, including lawyers and the police, worked in concert with representatives of Yellow Cab before a crackdown on Uber, the smartphone car service that the cab company sees as a threat.
Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez coordinated the effort, and the mayor’s office now is scrutinizing his actions, according to interviews and records obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
The anti-Uber campaign included a widespread sting this summer in which police and city transportation officials wrote citations against drivers under contract with Uber. Meanwhile, an attorney for Yellow Cab — a longtime political and financial benefactor to council members — helped draft a proposed ordinance that could make it harder for Uber to operate in Dallas.