Uber: Not Allowed In Fayetteville, Allowed In Little Rock

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Transportation company Uber may not be allowed to operate in Fayetteville, but it is allowed to operate in Little Rock, officials say.

Uber is a transportation company that allows users to order ride shares through a smartphone app to get from place to place. Payment is made by credit card information stored within the app, and no cash is exchanged at any point during the ride, according to the company’s website. It has launched around the world but not without some trouble, according to officials.

When the service launched in Fayetteville during August, City Attorney Kit Williams said it wasn’t authorized due to the company being a “taxi service” that doesn’t have the proper permits. 

As a result, Uber drivers were ticketed for continuing to operate within city limits without authorization. Still, the company continues to do business in Fayetteville, paying the cost of legal representation for its drivers and reimbursing them for traffic citations incurred because of their driving. As of Nov. 6, a total of six tickets had been given out to five different Uber drivers in Fayetteville.

Affiliate station KTHV reported that on Nov. 18, the Little Rock City Board passed an ordinance that will take effect in 30 days allowing Uber to operate legally in the capital.

The ride sharing service is now available in two Arkansas cities, but the situation for Uber in both cities is very different.