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Ride-sharing services no longer welcome at RDU

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A total of 18 states and Washington D.C. have issued consumer warnings about the potential insurance risks associated with ride-sharing services. North Carolina is not one of them. A total of 18 states and Washington D.C. have issued consumer warnings about the potential insurance risks associated with ride-sharing services. North Carolina is not one of them.
MORRISVILLE, N.C. -

 Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are no longer welcome at RDU International Airport.

The services aren’t regulated like other taxi services so they have been deemed unlawful, said RDU spokesperson Mindy Hamlin.

“We don't have any assurance on what insurance they have or the status of their vehicle,” Hamlin said.

Ride-sharing drivers have been warned to not pick up or drop off airport travelers. Hamlin said the drivers could be ticketed if they ignore the airport’s request.

RDU, like many airports across the country, requires its transportation to have the proper permits to operate within airport grounds.

“The cab companies have a certain amount of insurance,” Hamlin said. “Their cars meet certain standards.”

Taylor Bennett with Uber said taking the ride-sharing service to the airport is the safest, most reliable and affordable option.

“We fully stand behind our driver partners and will cover any financial or legal costs if they are wrongly cited," Bennett said. "We welcome the opportunity to coordinate with the airport authority to find a permanent and effective permitting process."

In a statement, a Lyft representative said, "Current regulations and policies for taxis and limos were created long before anything like Lyft's peer-to-peer model was imagined. We look forward to continuing productive and collaborative conversations with airports across the country to come to a conclusion that prioritizes public safety and consumer choice, and preserves a way forward for this community-powered transportation movement."

Ride-sharing companies often offer lower rates than taxis. Customers can also track their ride and estimate their wait time using an app.

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A total of 18 states and Washington D.C. have issued consumer warnings about the potential insurance risks associated with ride-sharing services. North Carolina is not one of them.

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