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Mpls. Committee Discusses Regulating Ride Share Companies

Updated: 07/08/2014 10:28 AM
Created: 07/08/2014 8:32 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

A Minneapolis committee on Tuesday will debate how to regulate ride share companies like Uber-X and Lyft.

The newer ride share services generally provide cheaper passenger rides, but traditional taxi companies argue that the ride share business isn’t’ being fairly licensed and regulated.

When the city council talked about the issue back in April, cab drivers said they simply want a level playing field and would like to see ride shares pay licensing fees and commercial insurance like they have to under city regulations.

Without the same regulations, cab drivers say ride shares have an unfair advantage and it could cause some cab drivers to lose their jobs.

Companies like Uber-X and Lyft told council members they are not opposed to regulations, but they want them to be fair and not overburdening because they are not the same business model as cab companies.

Uber-X representatives told council members they carry umbrella insurance that protects their drivers and riders equally, and they say they do extensive background checks on the drivers they hire.

The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The proposed ordinance being discussed looks at insurance issues but won’t address fares.


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