Emergency regulations to govern ride sharing companies start next month

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulators are preparing emergency regulations that will go into effect next month to govern ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft as they expand their services into Kentucky cities.

The company offers a smartphone application to match customers who need a ride with someone who is willing to give them one. The companies are operating in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati, which sits on Kentucky's northern border.

Taxi companies have complained the ride sharing services have an unfair advantage because they are not required to have the same safety inspections. Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Rodney Kuhl told lawmakers Tuesday the state would regulate the ride sharing companies the same as taxi companies.

Representatives from Uber and Lyft told lawmakers they have extensive safety inspections for cars and background checks for drivers.

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