St. Louis cab commission makes concessions, but Uber sticking points remain

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission made its first concession to Uber on Thursday, giving up a demand that drivers for the ride-sharing service be drug-tested.

But the commission stood by the requirement that Uber drivers be fingerprinted. The commission says that’s state law and can’t be waived; Uber says the stipulation that could prevent UberX, one of its services, from doing business in St. Louis.

Uber, which is based in San Francisco, said that St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in the country that does not allow UberX to operate.

Three main “legislative principles” proposed by Uber are still in dispute: insurance coverage, drug-screening of drivers and fingerprint-based checks.

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