Uber Ridesharing Enters South Carolina

July 14, 2014

The ride-sharing service Uber has started in four South Carolina cities.

Service began last week in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

Those needing ride use an app on a smartphone and the service connects them with the closet driver. Rides are paid for with a credit card connected to the app.

Taxi companies licensed by local governments say Uber is unfair competition.

The state Office of Regulatory Staff requires companies and drivers to have a certificate showing they’ve been inspected, had a criminal background check and are insured. Uber provides insurance and requires a background check, but does not require a certificate.

The city of Charleston has told the company drivers need a chauffeur’s license. City officials said they will cite any drivers they find without the special license.

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  • July 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    Charlie says:
    As a driver everyone should realize we do not work for Uber. Uber is simply a technology app. Both drivers and riders utilize that app. After two weeks I have been bombarded ... read more
  • July 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    Trish says:
    Questionnable insurance coverage, questionnable background checks, no regulation, no driver's license checks. Don't think I will be using them. Taxi driver's are not getting r... read more
  • July 14, 2014 at 11:04 am
    ExciteBiker says:
    I tried using Uber X recently. We requested a ride, a guy showed up in about 2 minutes, and he drove us 18 miles to our home in the suburbs. We paid him for driving us home. U... read more
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