Charleston moves toward Uber regulations with public meeting

Charleston moves toward Uber regulations with public meeting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - You'll soon have a chance to weigh-in with your thoughts on transportation network companies like Uber and its operation in the City of Charleston.

A public forum will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Council Chambers, addressing the usage of the ride-sharing company in Charleston.

Since Uber started operating in Charleston on July 10, city officials say it's been doing so illegally. Officials say Uber doesn't have a license like most taxi companies.

Any drivers caught working in the city face up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail.

But, the City wants that changed by copying an ordinance used in Minneapolis, which treats Uber cars not as limos, not as taxi cabs, but as something in between called, "a transportation network company."

An Uber spokesperson said this about Wednesday's public forum:

"Uber has had several productive conversations with city officials, and the progress made thus far is encouraging. We look forward to continuing these conversations, and to find a permanent home for ride-sharing in Charleston."

The traffic and transportation committee is holding the meeting and also aims to address issues like insurance policies. Uber has a $1 million policy while operating in the city, but officials think it should be more.

Still, Uber users and officials say the service is convenient and safe. In fact, Kaitlin Durkosh, with Uber, says driver partners have completed thousands of trips since launch in Charleston.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first public forum aimed at regulating the ride-sharing company.

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