- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Medford City Council appears ready to give a green light to Uber and Lyft.

The Mail Tribune reports the ride-sharing giants have indicated they want to operate in southern Oregon’s largest city. As in other places, traditional taxi companies complain they are subject to tougher requirements than ride-sharing companies, and are concerned they will be driven out of business.

Under a proposed ordinance, both ride-sharing and taxi companies would pay the city a $50 operator fee, a $30 taxi card identification fee and a $100 business license fee. Each ride-share driver would be required to obtain a business license because he or she is an independent contractor.

Councilman Kevin Stine says adding Uber and Lyft will increase transportation options, and that’s good for Medford.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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