Newark and Uber reach tentative agreement to keep ride-sharing in city

Newark officials reach tentative agreement with Uber to keep ride-sharing in city.

Newark officials reach tentative agreement with Uber to keep ride-sharing in city. (4/15/16)

NEWARK - The city of Newark and ride-sharing company Uber have reached a tentative agreement to keep the company in the Brick City, Mayor Ras Baraka says.

Few details about the agreement have been released, but Mayor Baraka says that it will “protect the business interests of the taxi and limousine industry and provide a boost to the city’s economic development and leadership in technology.”

A spokesman for Uber confirmed the agreement for News 12 New Jersey, but says that the details can’t be divulged further since it is still tentative.

The agreement comes as tensions between the two entities were growing.

On Thursday, Uber New Jersey emailed its riders claiming that Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was trying to force Uber out Newark. The service blasted Baraka’s proposal to make ride-share drivers pay fees five times more than city taxi drivers do and started a feature called “Baraka Ban.” Mayor Baraka responded by calling out Uber drivers for not wanting to be regulated or paying their fair share.

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