Whether considered friend or foe, UberX has enjoyed an advantage over its competition because it has operated outside the regulatory structure governing DC taxicabs, angering cab drivers who say they are struggling to compete with Uber's low-cost structure.

DC Council member Mary Cheh is trying to find a happy medium. On Wednesday the Ward 3 legislator will introduce legislation designed to end the legal limbo surrounding ridesharing services – dominated by UberX but also including Lyft and SideCar – while offering protections for consumers.
The Teamsters Local 922, which has formed an association with more than one thousand independent Washington taxi drivers, also issued a statement criticizing Cheh's bill.

The legislation "does not do enough to provide for public safety, industry stability, or equity for taxi drivers," the Teamsters statement said.
New legislation aimed at curbing ridesharing controversy in DC