Ride-hailing services renew push for statewide regulation

For the second year in a row, representatives from ride-hailing companies are asking Missouri lawmakers to change the way the businesses are regulated by establishing statewide standards and stripping control from local regulatory groups.

A representative for Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing service, testified before a House committee Monday that statewide regulation would increase competition while keeping motorists safe. Uber says current regulations in Kansas City and St. Louis have caused the growth of ride-hailing in those cities to lag behind other big markets.

Disagreement between ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and local regulatory bodies like the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission has centered around issues including liability insurance limits and background checks. St. Louis taxi drivers are currently required to undergo fingerprint checks, but Uber drivers are not.

Rep. Kirk Matthews, R-Pacific, has proposed legislation that would bring the changes Uber and Lyft desire. It’s similar to laws passed in 28 other states, including neighbors Kansas and Illinois.

Read more: St. Louis Post-DispatchSt. Louis Business Journal

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