Uber mobile taxi service begins operating in Jackson - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Uber mobile taxi service begins operating in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There's a new way to hail a taxi ride in the Metro. Uber rolled out one tap to ride via cell phones today. You pay online and if your friends ride along you can split the tab. But Uber is not without controversy. 

You simply download the Uber app. Set up an account, pay on line and wait for your personal driver. City leaders hailed the first Uber ride in downtown Jackson.  The launch came with little fanfare or notice, Uber drivers starting picking up customers in the metro area at 12 noon. 

"Today we can add Jackson to the list of 230 cities where Uber operates around the world,." announced Mayor Tony Yarber.

The Uber drivers in Jackson were signed up, hired on, background checked and rolling as of 12 noon Thursday. David Malone signed up as a Uber driver in the Jackson area,

"It's a great model for small businesses," said Uber driver David Malone. "You know it helps the economy for small businesses so I'm a big fan of the model."

Uber set up shop in Jackson before the city council set up the framework for regulations like taxi's have. 

"So we are doing the best we can as a city to safeguard citizens as always," said Council President De'Keither Stamps. "Now the council is moving towards seeing what steps need to be taken for the actual regulations of this type of service." 

A taxi cab company liaison is concerned about competition and safety issues. Tyra Dean said she was totally unaware of Uber coming to Jackson until moments before the news conference.

"It's going to affect our rates as well as it's not requires us to cover consumers insurance the same way so you are putting the cart before the horse here," Dean told the council president.

"I moved to Jackson from Chicago and some of the taxi drivers do Uber," said Malone. "So I think it's a place where we can peacefully co-exist."

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