Taxis, limos upset over rules for tech competition

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 5:02 AM

DENVER (AP) — A legislative dispute in Denver pitting taxi drivers against emerging tech companies mirrors similar fights playing out across the nation.

State lawmakers and city government officials in various states are considering how to regulate Web-based businesses such as Uber and Lyft, which allow passengers to hail rides with the swipe of a smartphone.

The taxi drivers say the emerging firms are avoiding costly requirements that they and other commercial drivers are forced to follow.

Ridesharing company officials say they're open to regulation and point to self-imposed controls such as criminal background checks as proof of their willingness to cooperate. They're also are pushing back, saying critics and protesters are only trying to suppress competition and legislate them out of business.

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