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St. Charles Co. leading the fight to bring ride-sharing services statewide

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Leaders in St. Charles County are advocating for a new state bill to bring transportation companies like Uber and Lyft state-wide. (Credit: Uber) Leaders in St. Charles County are advocating for a new state bill to bring transportation companies like Uber and Lyft state-wide. (Credit: Uber)
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Leaders in St. Charles County are advocating for a new state bill to bring transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to the entire state of Missouri.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann traveled to Jefferson City on Tuesday to testify in support of a House bill sponsored by Rep. Kirk Matthews, R-Pacific.

“Everywhere else in the country has it, why not St. Charles County?” said Ehlman.

That’s exactly what visitors to wine country in Augusta always ask the manager at Montelle Winery.

“All the time,” said Sue Lauber, the manager at Montelle Winery. “It’s crazy they’re in the city and I know a lot of people use them in the city and it would be great for them to come out here and use all the wineries along the road.”

Elhmann said it's bad for economic development to keep holding off on bringing companies like Uber to the area.

“Transportation options are important to employers trying to attract and retain a workforce,” said Elhmann.

The bill proposed in the House would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber must disclose fares on its website or digital network, provide riders with rates and the option to receive an estimated fair. They also must have a policy regarding driver eligibility requirements including background checks and registration.

Right now, Uber is not restricted from operating in St Charles County except in the City of St. Charles, where it is prohibited. An Uber driver will drop you off in St. Charles but it will not pick you up. The app says service is unavailable.

A spokesperson for Uber emailed a statement to News 4 regarding the pending bill:

We applaud the General Laws Committee for supporting legislation that will enable Uber to expand across the state of Missouri. We hope the House works quickly to take up this issue and secure permanent access to safe Uber rides and the local jobs they create.

News 4 reached out to cab companies in St Charles County but did not hear back.

The bill is in the early stages, there is also a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis.

Past attempts to pass a similar bill never made it to a vote. 

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