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Hoboken Cracking Down On Uber Car Services

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The town of Hoboken, New Jersey is cracking down on Uber cars driving in and picking up passengers in the city.

Uber is an app that you can use to request a car service to pick you up, but city officials say they are not licensed to operate in town.

Marcus Enriquez was actually thrown out of an Uber car by a Hoboken police officer. He said he was hailing an Uber outside of the Hoboken taxi stand when a cop knocked on the window, kicked him out of the car and ticketed the Uber driver.

“It was late on a Tuesday night, I was with my fiancé, we were coming back from band practice in Queens and we called an Uber car from over here in front of the Starbucks and we got in the car no problem, pulled to the end of the block and all of a sudden a Hoboken cop is knocking on the window, he said ‘everybody get out of the car' so we're like ‘what's going on are we being arrested? What's this about?' And the driver was like ‘I'm from Uber, I'm from Uber' and the cop was like, ‘yes I know get everybody out of the car, you guys are in an illegal cab',” he said.

According to Hoboken's municipal code regarding taxis, it is unlawful for a non-licensed taxicab to pick up passengers inside of Hoboken and fines can be as high as $1,000 or more.

Enriquez explained why Uber cars are more convenient than yellow-cabs.

“The cabs don't have meters so you're not exactly sure how much it's going to be unless you've taken them before. With Uber you have your own car; it shows up, you get home, no problem. It's just a better service,” he said.

Ray Vitale is a cab driver in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and he said that Uber has a whole list of problems.

“The driver's vehicle will not be covered. The driver either has to lie to the insurance company and say they were not doing a ride-share application or take the chances and be honest and lose the coverage for that accident. They'll have no coverage and then you and I have to pay for that through the uninsured motorist fund. They are unregulated, unlicensed and they are skirting the law,” he said.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a statement on this debate saying: "Uber and similar companies offer a valuable transportation option that we want to make available to Hoboken residents and visitors."

She is also endorsing a bill that is currently before the State Senate and Assembly, which she says will ensure that all drivers have safe driving and background records and proper levels of insurance in case of accidents.

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