- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The Bloomington City Council has approved a new law that makes it legal for Uber and other ride-hailing services to operate in Bloomington and Normal.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (https://bit.ly/1J0OBZ9 ) the council voted 8-0 on Tuesday on a law that lets the services do their own background checks and vehicle safety inspections. That’s instead of the current practice of the city and police doing that oversight.

The council also passed a measure that lets taxicabs and other vehicle-for-hire companies operate under similar provisions.

Normal uses Bloomington’s ordinances for taxis and related services.

Uber Illinois General Manager Chris Taylor called the law a “smart regulatory framework.”

Magic Bus shuttle service owner Lee Eutsey said he’s still worried because taxis still have to obey city-determined fare rates that don’t apply to Uber.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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