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City Council gives Uber, Lyft reprieve in Raleigh taxi fight

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Traditional taxi services say the new services should be regulated. Traditional taxi services say the new services should be regulated.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Ride-sharing phone apps like Uber and Lyft got a reprieve on Tuesday night from Raleigh City Council after some taxi drivers complained the services were unfairly driving away their customers.

A group of taxi drivers attended Tuesday night's council meeting and handed over a petition with signatures asking councilors to outlaw the apps in the city limits, but councilors never took up the issue for discussion and one councilor said there were no plans to do so.

The new services bypass existing regulations, inspections and fees for taxicab drivers by offering rides in drivers' personal cars. The rides are often cheaper than using a traditional taxi.

Lee Churchill, a driver with Express Taxi, said Uber and Lyft drivers should have to deal with the same regulations and fees that taxi drivers face.

"I would like to see the city council stop the invasion of these fake, wannabe taxicab operators," Churchill said. "We have a lot invested in our occupation. It costs us a lot economically. These people are just people off the streets with private cars, tags and insurance, starting to do our business with no costs to them."

Councilor John Odom said the taxi drivers "have some good points" but "Raleigh City Council, at this point, has no interest in furthering or going ahead with any of the regulations that they might want to put upon them."

An Uber spokesman said the company was pleased with the City Council's decision not to impose further regulations.

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