- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane City Council has approved new rules for ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. The council also passed rules Monday night that ease the regulations for taxis.

KHQ-TV reports (https://is.gd/GpjLKp ) that among other rules, the new agreement requires the ride-sharing companies to maintain websites that provide a customer service phone number or email address, keep accurate records of all operators, have safety inspections and transmit an electronic receipt to the passenger’s email or mobile device.

Uber and Lyft would pay the city 10 cents a ride, up to an annual cap of $10,000.

The agreement also provides that Uber and Lyft can only accept rides booked through the companies’ websites or apps.

Taxi rule changes are designed to level the field between taxis and ride-sharing services. They make it easier for taxi companies to get inspections and hire new drivers.

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Information from: KHQ-TV, https://msnbc.msn.com/id/3082888/

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