Missouri taxi companies say proposals too easy on Uber, Lyft

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Uber and Lyft say they welcome the regulations on app-based car services that have been introduced in the Missouri General Assembly.

But taxi companies and some local regulators told a House panel Tuesday the proposed legislation allows ride-sharing companies to duck some of the most expensive rules on the industry, creating a system that puts traditional companies at a disadvantage.

Proposed regulations would require ride-hailing companies to pay a $5,000 registration fee to the Department of Revenue, ensure their drivers have insurance and conduct a background check.

Representatives for Uber and Lyft said their business model is designed to attract part-time drivers, so the burden of regulations should be on the ride-hailing companies, not their drivers.

Critics argued the state shouldn’t let those companies police themselves.

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