- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

City staff and Uber had been negotiating regulations that would have licensed ride-share drivers after an application process that included a background check, proof of insurance and a $70 fee. The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1G5lfo6) reports that Uber agreed to not charge for rides until the city established a licensing regime. But in November it began charging customers, even though the City Council isn’t expected to vote on the regulations until February.

City Manager Mike Matthes says that was illegal, and he warned the city would enforce the law. Four Uber drivers were ticketed downtown Friday night for charging for rides without a city permit.

Uber offers service in 250 cities in 50 countries.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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