DC Taxi Cab Commission Officers Taking Away Consumer Rights

Sent by a supporter of Save Uber in Washington, D.C.:

DC Taxicab Commission official stopping an Uber driver in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.. Taken on February 13, 2015.

DC Taxicab Commission official stopping an Uber driver in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.. Taken on February 13, 2015.

Not only are the Taxicab Commission officers taking away consumer rights. By parking in the middle of the street, they are endangering public safety.

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