Ride-hailing company Uber announced it will cease operations in coastal Alabama at midnight on Saturday.
In a statement released this afternoon, Uber representatives said the company’s riders and driver partners will no longer be able to use the ride-hailing app in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as of midnight because city officials have effectively banned their use.
“We’re committed to riders on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and stand ready to work with local officials to create sensible regulatory framework for ridesharing,” Uber’s statement reads before urging users to contact Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.
Uber has operated in coastal Alabama since June of 2015. City of Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown said Uber has not been licensed by the city since it began operations.
“In order to do business here they would have to have a business license and be subject to inspections and safety measures like background checks, just like all of our licensed taxi companies,” Brown said. “We would be happy to work with Uber to make sure they can become licensed with us.”
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