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Rideshare companies face pushback in Madison

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Police and city leaders are pushing back against ridesharing companies operating in Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports undercover police fined drivers from the ridesharing companies more than $1,300 last weekend for violating Madison’s taxi ordinances.

A representative from Lyft, one company that hires drivers to use their own cars and shuttle passengers, says the operation doesn’t violate any of the city’s laws.

Police and Mayor Paul Soglin disagree. Soglin says the ridesharing companies amount to unlicensed taxi cabs, and police have vowed more crackdowns.

Police in March warned the companies about the sting operations if drivers continued soliciting riders.

The controversy has sparked a conversation by some city officials to create new ordinances that allow the businesses to operate with some regulation.

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