SAPD chief issues warning to Uber drivers

Company to give rides to, from local event

By Cory Smith - VJ, Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police Chief William McManus issued a stern warning to Uber drivers Wednesday about an upcoming charity event.

On July 25, the San Antonio Current will hold its second-annual Cocktail: The Event at the McNay Art Museum.

The alternative newspaper is partnering with Uber and urges guests to use the transportation service to get to and from the event.

However, under current city law, it is illegal for transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to operate within San Antonio.

McManus said the department plans to fully enforce the law.

"It is illegal, and if you operate as an Uber or Lyft driver or any transportation network company in this city, you run the risk of getting your vehicle impounded and ticketed," he said.

In March, the city told transportation network companies to cease and desist operation, but McManus said Uber and Lyft drivers have flouted the law.

He said that could harm ongoing negotiations to adjust city ordinances to allow the two companies to legally operate in San Antonio.

"Right now, we are continuing to work with them, trying to make that operation comply with the city standards, city ordinances, but it may (hurt negotiations) in the end," he said.

We reached out to the San Antonio Current for comment multiple times but our calls and emails were not returned. UBER sent the following statement:

"The city's outdated regulatory framework never imagined a technology like Uber and so we look forward to working with city officials to modernize those policies. We believe the people of San Antonio deserve options and have faith that city officials share our sincere interest in consumer choice, safety, and free market competition thereby preserving the transportation choices their residents are now enjoying."

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