Newark to begin towing Uber drivers at airport, train station

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The Uber app is seen on a smartphone past cabs waiting for clients near the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain in 2014. Newark’s head prosecutor has informed the California-based company that all cars operating in and around Newark Penn Station and Newark Liberty International Airport will be towed starting Feb. 22. (Getty Images)

NEWARK — There’s a war on wheels brewing outside the city’s two largest transit hubs.

Newark Chief Municipal Prosecutor Evans C. Anyanwu sent a letter to Uber last month, informing the company that all of its drivers operating at and around Newark Penn Station and Newark Liberty International Airport were violating the city’s taxicab ordinance.

“After Feb. 22, the continued violation of the city’s laws will result in civil and criminal penalties for Uber and its drivers,” the letter read.

The move marks the latest strike against California-based Uber, which has been operating largely unregulated in New Jersey since rising to national prominence in recent years.

Newark officials have debated how to regulate the influx of cars now picking up passengers at the airport and downtown, pushed largely by unions and other taxicab organization who say their profits have been cut by as much as 80 percent.

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