Ridesharing Companies Get Warning from Nebraska Regulators

April 28, 2014

The state Public Service Commission has sent warnings to two ridesharing companies that they need the commission’s permission to offer services in Nebraska.

The commission issued letters to Lyft and Uber, two San Francisco companies that use smartphone applications to link motorists and people who would pay for rides. Passengers pay through the app and can even tip electronically.

Uber operates in more than 70 cities around the world. Lyft, which is known for pink mustaches on front bumpers, does business in more than 20 U.S. cities.

Commission director Mark Breiner said during a recent hearing that the companies have advertised on Facebook and Craigslist for drivers in Omaha, Lincoln and Columbus.

The commission didn’t take any action at the hearing, and company representatives didn’t appear.

Latest Comments

  • May 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm
    perplexed says:
    Word to the wise: here's how to translate the word "fair". When a business lobbies for "fair" competition, they are usually asking for LESS competition, and the consumer will ... read more
  • April 29, 2014 at 7:43 am
    Roland says:
    Why are you so hostile to voluntary exchange? If a person doesn't want to do business with one of these companies, either as a buyer or seller, then he doesn't have to (unlike... read more
  • April 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm
    Anthony says:
    Ride-sharing is FRAUD on a mass scale. Don't be fooled. It's not about "deregulation" or "creating competition". It's about all that CASH that your local municipality was taki... read more
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