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OKC sets public hearing Aug. 26 on Uber, Lyft regulations

by William Crum Published: July 30, 2014

The city council has set a public hearing for Aug. 26 on regulations for Uber and Lyft, the trend-setting services that use smartphone apps to connect people needing rides with drivers.

Operators of traditional taxi and limousine services complain Uber and Lyft are ignoring stringent and expensive licensing and safety inspection requirements.

The proposed rules would classify San Francisco-based Uber and Lyft as “transportation network companies” and require them to get a city business license.

Insurance requirements would be set, and drivers would have to get a permit and have their cars inspected.

A spokeswoman for Lyft said last week that the regulations would erect “barriers” for individuals looking to drive for the company as a way to earn extra cash.

The proposal also would update some of the rules for taxis, limousines and carriages.

Plans call for the city council to vote on the new regulations on Sept. 9, nearly a year after Uber first introduced its uberX service in Oklahoma City.


by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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