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Cab drivers looking for more regulation for Uber

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Cab drivers made noise in Boston Thursday with hopes of bringing attention to their fight against ridesharing service Uber.

In the city of Boston alone there are 1,825 medallioned cabs; the vehicles are inspected every six months and the drivers are tested yearly.

Uber, on the other hand, is not regulated by the city and Metro Cab says that makes the ridesharing service unsafe.

“We have a heavily, heavily regulated taxi industry with people licensed and approved vehicles. Everyone has sticker in back that says ‘Boston Licensed Taxi,’” Metro Cab spokesman Felix Shneur said.

While not regulated by the city, an Uber spokesman said the company’s feedback system of rating customer service means the drivers and customers self-regulate.

Uber drivers also have $1-million liability insurance and the drivers have background a driving history checks going back seven years.

Mohamed Noor, an Uber driver, said the problem isn't Uber it's that the taxi industry that never modernized and didn't invest in its drivers or customer service.

“They need to improve what they need to improve and they need to compete this is free market a lot of drivers joining Uber whether they like it or not,” Noor said.

Drivers are rated and if they get negative feedback regularly they can be kicked out. Customers also get reviewed by drivers after the ride.

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