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Uber ceases operations in Boise, Idaho
Uber ceases operations in Boise, Idaho

(Reuters) – Ride-hailing service Uber said on Thursday it was ceasing operations in Boise, Idaho, after negotiations with city officials over new regulations reached an impasse. “High and rising costs associated with offering thousands of free rides, coupled with the unworkable and burdensome regulations proposed by the city, leave Uber no choice but to cease operations in Boise for the foreseeable future,” the company said in a blog post. Uber has been offering its ride-hailing service in Boise since October. In a letter to Mayor David Bieter, Uber said that despite assurances of a mutually workable agreement, Boise authorities are considering an ordinance that would make it impossible for the company to operate in the city. (http://bit.ly/1zLyntV) Uber has been dogged by controversy over its aggressive approach toward local authorities and traditional taxi services. The company’s business practices have come under scrutiny, with some customers alleging privacy violations and raising safety concerns. In the letter to bidders, Uber said it was already meeting the safety goals Boise was seeking. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Subrat Patnaik; Editing by Leslie Adler and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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