UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Read below the jump for a statement from Uber.
|Uber wants to open its premium sedan service, UberBLACK, in St. Louis.|
The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted today to change its ride-for-hire and allow room for Uber to launch in St. Louis, the largest U.S. market the app-based car service.
But the MTC delayed deciding on the biggest obstacle barring Uber from St. Louis: charging a $25 minimum fare.
Uber, which hasn't officially applied for a taxi license, has said its business model can't function under some of the rules and proposed rules the taxi authority wants to enforce, including a proposed $25 minimum fare. Before Tuesday's meeting even started, Uber sent emails to supporters warning them that forcing a $25 minimum fee is a non-starter.
"St. Louis is the largest city in the U.S. that does not provide residents and visitors access to transportation options such as Uber," the email says. "Imposing fare minimums and other protectionist regulations driven by the taxi industry are the reason why."More »