L.A. City Council Considers Taking Action Against Ride-Sharing Companies

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The Los Angeles City Council was expected Wednesday to consider filing an appeal to a decision by a state agency that legalized app-based ride-sharing companies.

filephoto-lyftThe California Public Utilities Commission in September approved regulations that allow the transportation services such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar to operate legally.

Customers can summon the companies’ cars by using applications that are available for download and installation on smartphones.

The PUC mandated that drivers for the upstart services undergo training, apply for permits and submit to background checks.

Nevertheless, owners of traditional taxi companies remain opposed to ride-sharing operations, describing them as modern-day “bandit cabs.”

While the taxi industry has several supporter on the City Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti has threatened to veto any legislation that would shut down the new companies in Los Angeles.

“There definitely is a role for government, kind of looking out for things, but ultimately I think it’s like any other consumer thing — I think you need to have a certain level of responsibility,” said Mark Rapoza, who is not opposed to ride-sharing.

“What’s the problem with these apps? It’s not good for the taxi industry but it’s good for other people,” said Leo Sorokian, a tourist.