Posted July 21, 2018 11:37:16Texas is the second state in the U.S. to ban UberX, the ride-sharing service that is now facing an unprecedented wave of criticism over safety and safety violations.
UberX was temporarily suspended in Austin and Dallas after the city’s Transportation Department issued a warning letter to the company for not having a permit to operate its UberX service, a requirement of the law that requires a licensed taxi company to allow customers to hail a vehicle.
The Austin Chronicle reported that UberX has been operating in Texas since March 1, 2017, and the company has had more than 100 accidents involving its vehicles.
Uber also said on Thursday that it had experienced more than 1,200 fatal accidents in Texas in the past six months.
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On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Department told the Associated Press that the letter had been issued because UberX’s operations in Texas were not in compliance with state regulations and there were “no existing permits” to operate.
In a statement, Uber spokesperson Michael Gaffigan said the company would “fully cooperate” with the Texas Department of Transportation.
UberX’s UberX cars are equipped with cameras that record all the movement of passengers and drivers.
The company said the video is not used for any purposes other than safety and is stored on its servers.
The Associated Press reported that some Texas lawmakers said the ban would not go far enough.
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, a Houston Democrat, told the AP that she and other lawmakers were still studying the regulations that govern the ridesharing industry in Texas, and that the ban was unnecessary.
“We are seeing the UberX ban in Texas and the rest of the country.
It is a terrible policy,” Kolkhatst said.
“We need to get back to what matters most to Texans: safety and the safety of our people.”
In Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a travel ban on UberX drivers in the United States and the ban on all foreign drivers.
It applies to drivers in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, and covers drivers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The Trump administration has also blocked UberX from operating in the District of Columbia and ordered a federal judge to block a ban on the company’s drivers from entering the U,D., after the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Thursday to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down the ban.