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UberX, Lyft Approved to Operate Legally in Minneapolis

Updated: 07/18/2014 12:33 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 12:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved ride-share programs to operate legally within Minneapolis city limits by a 12-1 vote.

Under the ordinance, ride-share drivers cannot offer rides to those who try to flag them down on the street. However, their fees will not be regulated by the city so they can set their own prices.

Council members have battled over how to regulate these ride-share programs for months, making an effort to make sure it's a fair deal for competing taxi companies.

"This is a product of compromise," said council member Abdi Warsame, who helped author the ordinance. "Not everyone is going to be satisfied. There's not going to be 100 percent satisfaction. We know this, but this is the best deal."

One council member still has doubts, concerned that legalizing ride-share programs send the wrong message.

"Lyft and UberX came to town, they are currently operating unlawfully and basically it seems like we're saying, 'That's fine, we'll make laws for you,' and there's something wrong about that," council member Blong Yang said.

Council members admit this isn't the perfect plan, but it is progression. The council will go over the ordinance again in one year to adjust and make any necessary changes.


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