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Panel approves new rules for app-based ride services

by William Crum Published: July 21, 2014
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Oklahoma City’s Traffic and Transportation Commission on Monday approved new regulations for Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services.

The vote was 7-0.

The proposed update of the city’s “vehicle-for-hire” ordinances now goes to the city council, where it will be reviewed at least three times before changes are made.

Uber moved into Oklahoma City with its uberX service last fall, and Lyft arrived in the spring.

The services contract with private individuals, who agree to use their vehicles to give rides, much like taxis.

Riders arrange the rides and pay with a smartphone app; in Uber’s case, it retains a percentage of the fare.

The services are part of the growing, Internet-centric “sharing economy.”

Highly regulated traditional taxi and limousine companies have said it’s only fair for the city to regulate the app-based services.

So far, they have operated outside rules governing driver background checks, vehicle safety inspections, and insurance coverage.

by William Crum
Reporter
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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