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Cabbies Fight California Over Uber

SAN DIEGO (CN) - In a backhanded swipe at Uber and Lyft, San Diego taxi companies sued California, claiming its licensing laws discriminate against traditional cabbies because Internet-based ride-sharing services need not comply with them.

The San Diego Transportation Association and four other cab companies sued the state, its Transportation Agency and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Feb. 18 in Superior Court.

They claim the state violates the equal protection clauses of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, by requiring traditional cab companies to register their cabs as commercial vehicles, while ride-sharing drivers can register as private passenger vehicles.

Commercial vehicles cost more to register and insure than private passenger vehicles.

The plaintiffs seek writ of mandate compelling the defendants to require ride-sharing services to register their vehicles as commercial.

They are represented by Attorney Jon Howard.

Plaintiffs include Best Cab, Red Top Cab, USA Cab, and Behzad Havezi dba Cool Cab.

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