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Uber, Lyft regulations get first review

by William Crum Published: July 21, 2014

Uber, Lyft and other “ridesharing” services are up for discussion at Monday’s meeting of Oklahoma City’s Traffic and Transportation Commission.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.

Proposed regulations would classify Uber and Lyft — popular services with the smartphone set — as “transportation network companies” and set some oversight requirements intended to protect public safety.

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.

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

Uber has been operating in Oklahoma City since last fall. Lyft arrived later.

City officials have concluded they illegally compete with highly regulated taxi and limousine companies.

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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