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Rules Proposed for Ride Sharing Companies in Madison, Wis.

May 7, 2014 By Dean Mosiman, McClatchy News Service

Taking on one of the city’s thornier situations, Ald. Scott Resnick is proposing regulations for the popular but controversial ride-sharing companies in Madison, Wis.

The proposal, introduced to the City Council on Tuesday, would give so-called Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber a pathway to operate legally in the city.

Currently, companies such as California-based Lyft and Uber that use technology to match people seeking rides with drivers using their personal cars are illegal and violate the city’s taxi ordinances, which have strict rules for cab services.

Mayor Paul Soglin and the city’s existing cab companies have said TNCs amount to unlicensed cabs and have an unfair advantage over companies that must follow rules for licensing, background checks, insurance, rates and 24-hour, citywide service.

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