Uber unclear on KC future as city nears new ride-sharing regulations

Kansas City appears to be on the verge of adopting regulations that supporters of UberX say could drive the ride-sharing service from the city.

The latest draft of those regulations by a Kansas City Council committee would require companies provide insurance, vehicle inspections and comprehensive driver background checks. It would also charge individual drivers $250, but would drop that to $150 if a parent company like Uber would pay an annual fee of $10,000.

A spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Uber said the ordinance would make it “very difficult” for the company to operate in Kansas City.

Russ Johnson, the chairman of the City Council committee, said the committee should be ready to vote next week on a final draft of rules for traditional taxi companies and ride-sharing outfits like Uber and Lyft.

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