- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Uber has filed paperwork to begin ride-hailing services in South Dakota’s largest city.

A subsidiary of the transportation network company submitted an application to the Sioux Falls licensing office last week, along with a $1,500 annual license fee, according to the city attorney’s office.

City Council members last November approved rules to enable app-based driver-for-hire services such as Uber to operate in the Sioux Falls, despite grumbling from taxicab and limousine drivers who worried about what they say will be unfair competition. The city rules require background checks for drivers and basic insurance requirements.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard in March signed a bill allowing drivers with services such as Uber to operate in South Dakota without commercial license plates and driver’s licenses. The new law takes effect July 1 - the earliest that Uber can begin operating in Sioux Falls.

Uber spokeswoman Carla Jacobs declined to immediately comment to the Argus Leader newspaper about when operations will begin. She said more information might be released in about a week.

Uber must also obtain a state sales tax license before it can begin operations, according to KSFY-TV.

State Rep. Mark Willadsen, R-Sioux Falls, who introduced the Uber rules in the Legislature, said South Dakota is embracing an evolving market.

“People that come from out of state to Sioux Falls, and we don’t have Uber, are surprised by it,” he told the Argus Leader. “They’re taking a step back in time.”

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