Uber, Lyft: Failure of Missouri bill makes growth unlikely
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Regulations aimed at helping companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri died in the legislature this year.
At issue is whether the ride-hailing companies are governed by uniform statewide rules or by varying rules from city to city. The companies say differing rules make it hard for them to do business.
The legislation faced pushback from those who wanted drivers to submit to fingerprint background checks, which Uber and Lyft oppose.
Uber said the legislation could have allowed the company to hire as many as 10,000 drivers and expand to cities such as Springfield and St. Joseph.
Lyft left Missouri after the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission sued in 2014. Uber now is operating in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis.
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