- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The popular ride-sharing service Uber has added Anchorage to its worldwide list of cities where it operates.

Local taxi companies are trying to figure out a way to keep up with the new service, whose app links passengers with drivers using their own cars.

Cab company Yellow Dispatch is among those closely watching the arrival of the service this week. CEO Sloane Unwin said he has problems with the fact that Uber drivers don’t have to pass the same regulation and licensing standards other drivers have to go through in Alaska, , KTVA reported (https://is.gd/zpjP21).

Uber spokesman Steve Thompson said the company is working with local transportation agencies to ensure it is in compliance. He also said the company offers the safest rides on the road.

“We have the most comprehensive background checks in the country,” Thompson said. “We’ve guaranteed that with those that we partner with.”

Yellow Dispatch, meanwhile, has launched its own app with the intention of holding on to its customer base.

“You can pick your taxi type, which tells you all of the different attributes that you want,” Unwin said. The company also offers unlocking services and battery jumps.

Uber gives residents an option to make some money as drivers, who take home 80 percent of every trip, Thompson said.


Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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