NC lawmakers examine rules for Uber, Lyft, Airbnb
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have heard presentations on digital services that allow people to sell car rides through a smart phone app or rent out rooms to travelers.
Car services such as Uber and Lyft and short-term rental sites including Airbnb represent a new business model that legislators are studying ahead of the session that begins in January.
Representatives of the traditional lodging and taxi industries say the new businesses undercut their prices because they have lower overhead and lighter regulation. Individual entrepreneurs can use Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and other similar services to sell rides or rent rooms with little or no prior experience.
Lyft and Uber compete with taxis by linking customers using a smartphone app with drivers selling rides out of vehicles that are typically noncommercial sedans or SUVs.
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