Ride-sharing services need reasonable regulations

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia legislature’s decision last March not to allow Uber and other ride-sharing services in the state came about in a controversial way, but taking it slow on this issue will be beneficial in the long run.

Over the past six years, these ride-hailing companies have become very popular across the nation, with Uber now operating in 300 cities. The companies use a digital app to allow customers to connect with a driver using their private vehicle to take them where they want to go. Many patrons find the service faster and less expensive than traditional taxi services.

But there also have been problems, ranging from drivers without adequate insurance to assaults and kidnappings. There also are fairness issues with existing taxi and limousine services that are regulated. Today, about half the states in the country have passed some sort of regulations on ride-sharing drivers…

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