Law­mak­ers de­bate let­ting is­land set its own Uber, Lyft rules

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

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.

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