- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - The Palm Springs City Council is considering whether to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to pick up passengers from the airport, but only if they submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

The Desert Sun newspaper reports (http://desert.sn/2eor7Dr ) the council will vote whether to allow the pickups at a Wednesday meeting. But the measure is contingent on random driver screenings.

Uber and Lyft oppose the requirement, saying screenings aren’t required by law and that passengers can report any suspicious behavior by drivers directly to the companies.

Mayor Robert Moon also opposes the requirement, saying it’s “utterly ridiculous,” gives taxi companies an unfair advantage and makes Palm Springs look like it’s behind the times.

The City Council has previously declined to allow the companies to pick up passengers at the airport.

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Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/

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