Ride-hailing regulation would strip local authority on taxis

Missouri lawmakers are proposing legislation that would strip the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission of its authority and create statewide regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Tom Reeves, chairman of the commission, said in a statement Tuesday that his group will use discussion of those bills to clarify the liability of such companies for accidents and their “ability to refuse to serve certain populations and to charge more when most needed.”

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles, also hopes to settle the issue of fingerprint-based background checks, which local cabdrivers are required to undergo but ride-sharing drivers are not, and whether ride-sharing drivers are employees or contractors.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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