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Thousands sign petition to save Uber car service in Dallas

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Thousands of people have signed an online petition demanding the Dallas City Council members kill proposed rules that could end app-based car services in the city.

The ordinance essentially targets Uber, a car-for-hire service app people can download to their smartphone. It uses the GPS locator in phones to send a car directly to a person who orders a ride on the app. Users pay a flat fee via credit card on the app.

A city staffer ignited controversy when he slipped the proposal onto the council's consent agenda over the weekend for consideration on Wednesday. Two Dallas council members, Scott Griggs and Philip Kingston, objected on Monday and had the item pulled.

The ordinance would have required limousine service "to be arranged at least 30 minutes before the service is provided," set minimum fares and require a minimum price for the cars used in the service.

Uber considers itself a tech company, but local cab companies said it is a taxi service and needs to be regulated appropriately. The grey zone has gotten Uber in trouble. The Dallas Morning News first reported that Dallas vice cops operated undercover and cited Uber drivers 61 times in May and June for violating city code.

Mayor Mike Rawlings has said he wants the city's proposal evaluated by a council committee so it can be discussed.

Until then, Uber supporters have taken to social media to show support for Uber and criticize the monopoly of local cab companies. A petition had more than 10,000 signatures shortly after its launch on Tuesday and Twitter supporters used #DallasNeedsUber.

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