Ohio and Cleveland propose regulations to Uber and Lyft

After waiting hours for RTA to pull up to her stop or trudging home on foot after a night of a few too many drinks, 27-year-old Clevelander and Kent State University grad student Yhosila Deew welcomed Uber into the city like a “godsend.” The ride-sharing app is similar to its competitor Lyft. It performs much like a social network, allowing users seeking a ride to connect with freelance drivers. Riders can even choose the style of car they’d like to be chauffeured in. “It’s a life-saver,” Deew said of the service. “I use it at least once a week.” Deew, who was born and raised in Indonesia, said using an

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Transportation Network Services might be an ‘Uber’ issue in Kent

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin When the weekend approaches and the students of Kent State find themselves ready to let loose downtown, two questions always pops up: “How will we get there?” and “How will we get home?” Between far walking distances and unpredictable Ohio weather patterns, students look to taxi services to safely get where they need to go. However, getting an actual taxi can be difficult and costly—that’s where Uber comes in. Uber, and a similar app called Lyft, are taxi service apps that allow anyone to get a ride wherever they need on demand. Uber’s website says, “by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,

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City council considers Uber regulations

By Emily Mills and Allie Johnson Cities across the nation are unclear on how the ride-sharing service Uber should be regulated, but the city of Kent is working toward a determination. Kent City Council authorized city law director James Silver to draft a preliminary code regulating Uber and other Transportation Network Services (TNS) providers. The council is considering a separate code for Uber, which has been in Kent since 2014, because it believes there are differences between TNS providers and taxi companies, which in Kent includes Porter’s Taxi and 1 Fast Transport. &lt;br /&gt;<br /> &lt;a href=”https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2456418/uber.pdf”&gt;UBER (PDF)&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=”https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2456418/uber.txt”&gt;UBER (Text)&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> The central difference is taxi companies

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