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The future of Uber in New Jersey - fingerprinting?

When Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Lagana decided to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the state, his said his main priority was making sure the drivers were properly insured.

Uber to pay up to $100M in lawsuits with drivers

Uber will pay up to $100 million to drivers who had sought to be classified as employees, settling two lawsuits that posed a threat to the company’s on-demand business model, which relies on independent contractors.

Uber to give drivers option to be paid instantly

Uber is launching a pilot program intended to help the ride-hailing service’s drivers draw their pay faster, an effort that may also fend off emerging payday lenders who are targeting drivers.

No clear data on safety of Uber vs. cabs

LOS ANGELES – The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question that has dogged Uber and other taxi competitors: Their rides may be cheaper and more convenient than a cab, but are they as safe? It’s not just whether Uber’s part-time drivers are better (or worse) behind the wheel. It’s whether passengers are more likely to be assaulted, kidnapped or raped by an Uber driver than a cabbie.

Britain’s High Court rules that Uber app is lawful

LONDON – Britain’s High Court ruled Friday that the Uber app to hail minicabs is lawful – a blow to London’s famous black cab drivers, who argued that it violated city regulations. The court’s decision came after London’s transport authority sought clarification as to whether the San Francisco-based company’s app worked in the same way as meters used by the strictly regulated black cabs.

Uber, Lyft get court order blocking release of Spokane County reports

Ride-sharing juggernauts Lyft and Uber are fighting – and winning – a legal battle to keep ridership numbers and other data about their business in Spokane under wraps. A judge on Friday approved the extension of a restraining order that bars the city from releasing company reports for the last quarter of 2014. The Transportation Network Company Ride Reports include details about the 10-cent-per-ride fees the companies are required to pay to the city under terms of their contracts.

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The uproar over jitneys – unlicensed private cars operated like buses or taxis – reached a new level when a local businessman asserted jitneys were a threat to the morals of Spokane’s young people.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A century before the era of Uber, Spokane was trying to deal with a new and unlicensed form of public transportation – the jitney bus.

‘Air Uber’ helicopter flies fans to College Football Playoff championship game

DALLAS – Ride-sharing service Uber offered a novel way to get to college football’s national championship game: by helicopter. Company spokeswoman Debee Hancock told the Dallas Morning News that 20 fans took the UberChopper air service to AT&T Stadium for the first College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night. Each paid $350 to be airlifted over traffic to the stadium in Arlington.

Boise issues cease-and-desist order to Uber, urges people not to use it

This morning – the day of New Year’s Eve – the city of Boise issued a cease-and-desist order to Uber and advised residents not to use the car service, as Uber began charging for rides despite not having concluded negotiations with the city over background...

Council ready to OK Uber, Lyft; taxis to get breaks

When Chris Wetherell gets off shift as a firefighter at Spokane International Airport early in the morning, he takes a long drive to his home in Spokane Valley. On his way, he opens up a Lyft app on his phone, throws a pink moustache on his car and picks up someone in the city looking for a ride. Wetherell has been a Lyft driver since May and was one of the first five drivers to operate in the city. Lyft and its competitor Uber are ride-share companies that use phone apps to arrange transactions to transport passengers. But since Lyft and Uber arrived in Spokane, taxi companies have questioned their legality.

Spokane City Council to study cab rules; may suspend fees

Spokane cab drivers could soon face fewer regulations thanks to a new form of competition. The Spokane City Council is considering the temporary elimination of fees on cab drivers and the permanent loosening of cab rules as it deals with new ride-sharing companies that have entered the Spokane market.