Columbia is closing in on agreement over rules governing ride-sharing service Uber and other app-based transportation companies, with new regulations expected to go before the Columbia City Council on Monday.
Columbia’s deputy city manager said the regulations would create a new category called “transportation networking” companies for Uber and similar services. Companies in that category would have to pay fees based on their number of drivers, and prospective drivers would have to obtain permits from the city.
Uber, which had been offering free rides as Columbia ironed out new rules, started charging for rides last week. The deputy city manager said he was shocked the company had started charging, and said the city would take action against Uber drivers if there were a complaint.