- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin have introduced Uber to West Virginia by hailing the state’s first ride.

After an Uber trip from Capitol Market in Charleston to the state Capitol, Manchin and Tomblin announced Uber’s launch in Charleston and Morgantown on Tuesday afternoon, with plans to expand.

A law that took effect July 1 lets companies like Uber and Lyft offer rides in the state. West Virginia joined scores of states that allow the ride-booking, phone app-based services.

Companies offering the services must comply with nondiscrimination laws.

The law requires a Division of Motor Vehicles permit, car insurance, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy, and driver background checks.

Tom Hayes of Uber said hundreds of drivers have already signed up.

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