Rules on app-based car services in NC brokered in Senate
By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An agreement setting minimum standards for smartphone-based car services operating in North Carolina has been brokered between the emerging industry and state senators.
The Senate Transportation Committee voted Wednesday to support regulations that would cover rapidly increasing ride-purchasing companies operating in the state under names such as Uber, Lyft and Sidekick. Smartphone apps link customers with drivers selling rides in typically noncommercial cars or SUVs.
North Carolina is considered a fertile market because it has so many mid-sized cities that lack extensive mass transit.
The bill requires criminal background checks of these drivers and liability coverage at an amount similar to conventional taxis while a driver performs ride duties.
An Uber executive in North Carolina told committee members it welcomes reasonable statewide requirements, many which the company already performs voluntarily.
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