Uber says it will leave Kansas City over new regulations
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Uber officials said the company will stop operating in Kansas City after the city council approved new regulations for such ride-sharing operations.
Among other things, the regulations approved Thursday require adequate insurance and background check information from taxis and ride-booking services. It charges individual drivers $250 but that would drop to $100 if a parent company paid an annual fee of $40,000.
The city said the regulations were meant to protect public safety.
Uber said in an email to The Kansas City Star that the city was trying to squeeze ridesharing into antiquated regulations and will eliminate a safe and reliable transportation option.
Mayor Sly James accused Uber of refusing to negotiate because it did not want to be regulated at all.