Reason why Uber cancels free Fourth of July rides

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Tension grows between Uber, the international ride-sharing service app, and the St. Louis Taxicab Commission. According to Sagar Shah, the general manager of Uber St. Louis, this city is the largest city in the U.S. without UberX.

Uber attempts to enter the St. Louis market, but taxi cab owners keep pushing it away. The latest push forced Uber to cancel the free rides they were going to offer this holiday weekend. The free rides were marketed as a way to reduce drunk driving during Fourth of July celebrations.

On Wednesday, July 1, Uber received a legal letter from the Taxicab Commission with a list of requirements for Uber to comply with before offering free rides. These included finger printing and drug testing for drivers.

Shah told Fox 2 that these requests were impossible on such a short notice and that Uber has been successful in other states with the Uber-company’s own screening policy for drivers.

Shah also said Uber is often complimentary to other transportation services, as people will take an Uber ride to the bus stop or the train station.

Uber runs in Kansas City and the Metro East, and a petition to bring Uber to St. Louis can be found on the Uber website.