- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The ride-sharing service Uber has started in four South Carolina cities.

Service began Thursday in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

Those needing ride use an app on a smartphone and the service connects them with the closet driver. Rides are paid for with a credit card connected to the app.

Taxi companies licensed by local governments say Uber is unfair competition.

The state Office of Regulatory Staff requires companies and drivers to have a certificate showing they’ve been inspected, had a criminal background check and are insured. Uber provides insurance and requires a background check, but does not require a certificate.

The city of Charleston has told the company drivers need a chauffeur’s license. City officials say they will cite any drivers they find without the special license.

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