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Uber offers Maryland settlement, will give a list of its drivers

The proposal would have an Uber subsidiary providing a list of Uber drivers to state officials.

Uber drivers in Annapolis will likely be checking their mirrors. (Photo by Flickr user Joakim Formo, used under a Creative Commons license)

The ridesharing service Uber this week proposed an endgame to a long-running dispute with state regulators.
Uber is offering to drop its appeal of a Maryland Public Service Commission ruling that declared Uber a common carrier, similar to taxi services, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Uber would have subsidiary Drinnen Inc. apply for a permit and provide a list of drivers to the PSC. In return, Uber officials asked for regulations to be updated to refer to it as a “broker” and that the commission approve schedules and rates for surge pricing, according to the report.

The proposal would address Uber Black and Uber SUV, the company’s more upscale services, but not Uber X or Uber XL, the low-cost options that match riders with drivers who use their personal vehicles.
If it is accepted, the company would agree to use only drivers with Maryland passenger-for-hire drivers licenses, except in cases where drivers are taking passengers into the state from neighboring states.

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An Uber spokeswoman did not immediately return a request from seeking comment on the proposal.
Maryland’s regulatory fight isn’t Uber’s most intense battle in the region. In Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parking Authority officials are even conducting sting operations against Uber cars.
Uber currently operates in Baltimore and Annapolis.

Companies: Maryland Public Service Commission / Philadelphia Parking Authority / Uber

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