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Maryland, Virginia Take Action on Ridesharing Services

Maryland’s state body that oversees utilities and transportation ruled that a popular web-based ridesharing service is subject to state regulation...
August 13, 2014

Maryland’s state body that oversees utilities and transportation ruled that a popular web-based ridesharing service is subject to state regulation. The Public Service Commission ruled that Uber Technologies Inc. is a common carrier—a company that moves people or goods for hire—and as a result, is subject to the same regulations as all other passenger-for-hire services. Uber is a ridesharing company that connects drivers with passengers using a smartphone application.

Meanwhile, Virginia is allowing ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate under a temporary agreement between the companies and the state, officials said. The move follows letters from state officials in June telling the companies to cease operations in Virginia because they didn’t have the proper licenses.

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