PORTSMOUTH – A trial for "Uber Grandma" Stephanie Franz, who is contesting tickets charging her with violating the city's prior transportation ordinance, has been rescheduled again to December.
Franz said Friday that her trial is now scheduled to be heard Dec. 13, three months after a prior trial date was postponed.
Last December, Franz rejected a plea deal that would have reduced thousands of dollars of proposed fines for her unregistered Uber driving, but instead pleaded not guilty and called for a trial. She's charged with five violation-level offenses that allege she failed to adhere to the city's ordinance that then required her to register with the city as a driver for hire, and provide proof of commercial insurance.
"I just believe that Uber is doing the right thing," Franz said during a Thanksgiving eve ride-along with the Portsmouth Herald. "Uber already does the background checks and we've got a $1 million insurance policy."
A new law now gives the state oversight of ride-sharing businesses, including Uber, which eliminated local oversight, excluding taxis. City Attorney Robert Sullivan said last year that the charges against Franz allege she breached the city ordinance while it was in effect.
Franz said Uber continues to support her, including by providing her legal representation.