State Wants to Regulate Ride-Sharing Companies

The SideCar mobile app allows passengers to request pickup and drop-off locations. The orange cars on the app's map show the location of other SideCar drivers around the city. Photo by Talal Ansari.

The SideCar mobile app allows passengers to request pickup and drop-off locations. The orange cars on the app's map show the location of other SideCar drivers around the city. Photo by Talal Ansari.

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State authorities are beginning a formal investigation into how to regulate ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber. In the past, the California Public Utilities Commission has issued fines and cease-and-desist orders to the companies, but now it hopes to regulate them.

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