LA council moves to regulate ride-sharing apps
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee has approved a motion to begin regulating smartphone-driven ride-sharing services that taxi companies say are cutting into their business.
The move comes a day taxi drivers staged a noisy protest to demand the city crack down on app-driven companies that allow consumers to book rides online with limousine companies and private drivers.
City News Service says the motion states that the city should begin crafting regulation of its own while waiting for the Public Utilities Commission to work out ways of dealing with the companies, including Lyft, Uber and Sidecar.
The LA Department of Transportation issued “cease and desist” letters to the companies on Monday, but at least two of the companies have said they will continue to operate.