- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Ride-sharing company Uber has set its sights on Dubuque - a prospect not being embraced by local taxi companies.

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce President Molly Grover confirmed that Uber Iowa recently reached out to express an interest in coming to Dubuque, the Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1VO6M9z ) reported.

Uber allows consumers with smartphones to request a ride and connect with Uber drivers who use their own cars to provide rides for a fee. Founded in 2009, Uber now has a presence in more than 200 cities.

Uber spokesman Leor Reef said the company is exploring its options in the eastern Iowa city.

“We feel there is a need for additional transportation options in Dubuque, whether it is people who want to click a button and get a ride or people who are looking to earn some additional money (as drivers),” he said.

But Uber would cut into his business and wouldn’t have to play by the same rules as established taxi companies, said Larry Regan, co-owner of A1 Taxi and Delivery Service in Dubuque.

“Between the three main taxi companies in town, I think we have 26 vehicles,” Regan said. “Now, you could have 100 vehicles driving around. It is going to undercut taxi service.”

City Attorney Barry Lindahl said Dubuque has a taxi ordinance on the books that outlines insurance and licensing requirements for taxi companies’ vehicles and drivers, but that it would apply to Uber.

A committee is working to draft rules for ride-share companies and a draft ordinance soon could be presented to the City Council, Lindahl said.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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