Ride-sharing service regulations gets final legislative OK


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has given its final OK to putting state regulations upon mobile phone-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of rules hammered out in committees and negotiations over the past several months.

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The legislation already received Senate approval and now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory. He has said nothing publicly opposing the measure. Uber has publicly endorsed the regulations.

The bill sets minimum standards for background checks of potential drivers and company liability coverage on private cars as they transport customers or wait for jobs. The services would have to pay $5,000 annual state permit fees. There are also rules for companies who want to use local airports.

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