- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The ridesharing service Uber is expected to begin operating in Des Moines on Friday despite warnings that the company will be violating city ordinances.

Uber, which is based in San Francisco and operates in more than 100 U.S. cities, uses smartphone applications to link motorists and people who pay for rides.

Des Moines Councilwoman Christine Hensley told The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1qP7mn6 ) that Uber drivers must be licensed for cab service.

“We have to underscore how significant this is in the fact that they will need to meet taxicab regulations or we will pursue them and take appropriate legal action,” Hensley said.

Pooneet Kant, Uber’s general manager for regional expansion, told the Register that “the approach we take with all the cities is we look forward to working with them, hoping to craft common-sense regulations that will recognize that this is coming.”

State regulators in neighboring Nebraska have ticketed some of the drivers, because ridesharing services are not allowed in the state.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart last month warned potential drivers to make sure their insurance covers any possible scenarios related to driving other people.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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