Bill to regulate ride-sharers like Uber clears House panel


RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Regulations on smartphone-based ride-sharing service companies in North Carolina are making their way further through the legislature with continued support of the industry’s current leader, Uber.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday backed a Senate bill setting minimum standards for background checks of potential drivers and company liability coverage on private cars as they transport customers or wait for jobs.

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Ride-hailing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar would have to pay $5,000 annual state permit fees. There are also rules for companies who want to use local airports.

Uber’s general manager in North Carolina spoke for the rules, which she says will help both consumers seeking rides and potential company drivers.

The bill already passed the Senate. The measure next goes to the House Finance Committee.

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