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Taxi Caravan Blocks D.C. Traffic in Protest of Uber, Lyft

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    Hundreds of cabbies stopped traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue downtown calling on the DC Council to regulate and tax app-based companies like Uber and Lyft the same way as taxis. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014)

    More than 100 taxi drivers brought Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. to a halt Wednesday.

    Taxi drivers protesting app-based car services like Uber and Lyft slowed traffic for several hours in front of the Wilson Building and on many downtown streets. At times police closed Pennsylvania Avenue for several blocks.

    The drivers are demanding legislation by the D.C. Council to make app-based services adhere to the same regulations as taxis.

    The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would place more restrictions on app-based services, but taxi drivers say it isn't enough.

    The protest was over and all streets reopened by 2 p.m.

    One driver was arrested but later released with just a ticket.

    The caravan began with a protest near the Capitol about 11 a.m.

    A similar caravan was staged June 25.

    The D.C. Taxicab Commission proposed Wednesday mandating all D.C. cabs adopt the "One City One Taxi" app, allowing riders to hail taxis electronically and giving them the option of paying with a credit card on file like other app-based services.