Taxi companies sue to stop Uber service in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Rhode Island taxi companies are asking a judge to stop ride-sharing company Uber from doing business in the Ocean State.

Orange Cab of Newport and Airport Taxi of Warwick are suing to stop the smartphone app from independent drivers connect with riders, according to the Providence Journal. They want a cease-and-desist order against Uber and other companies.

The lawsuit alleges Uber isn’t complying with regulations set down by the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers — calling the app “a massive illegal operation.”

Regulators with the PUC were also named as defendants in the lawsuit for allegedly failing to stop Uber from operating in Rhode Island.

Uber wouldn’t comment on active litigation.

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