The director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission said regulators intend to allow the app-based Uber service on a limited basis in the St. Louis market. The commission will consider at its Oct. 7 meeting Uber’s application to act essentially as a third-party dispatcher for existing premium sedan services. The so-called Uber Black service is available in 150 cities worldwide.
Prospective passengers will download an app to their smartphone, which will allow them to call for a town car or SUV operated by licensed providers. Uber will receive a commission for each ride. The change will not affect the current ban on the type of less expensive ride-sharing services provided by Lyft or UberX, which use personal vehicles that are owned by individuals.