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Lawrence City Commission OKs Regulations for Taxis, Not Uber

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence City Commission has approved new regulations for taxi companies that do not apply equally to ride-sharing companies such as Uber.  The Lawrence Journal-World reports that, among other things, the regulations will require background checks for taxi drivers and sets required insurance rates.  The vote on Tuesday comes after the Kansas Legislature passed a new law that limits how cities can directly regulate ride-sharing companies.  Taxicab owners say the state law regulates ride-sharing companies less strictly than taxicab companies.  Uber stopped operating in Lawrence in April after the legislative debate over regulating ride-sharing companies. Since the law passed, the company is again listing Lawrence as a city it serves.


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