Lawmakers debate letting island set its own Uber, Lyft rules
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill that would let a picturesque summer resort island set its own rules for regulating ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
The state Senate voted unanimously to pass the legislation Tuesday. It now moves to the House.
Taxi proprietors who live on Block Island support the proposal. It would allow the town of New Shoreham, which encompasses the island, to be exempt from new statewide rules affecting ride-hailing apps.
Taxi drivers say they’d be harmed if Uber and Lyft don’t have to follow the island’s long-standing taxi code. Lyft says the legislation is searching for a non-existent problem.