Arkansas Officials Consider Ride-Sharing Regulations

Sep 24, 2015

Credit wikimedia.org

Arkansas officials are considering state regulations in an effort govern ride-sharing companies such as Uber.

A hearing was held Wednesday before the Public Service Commission to discuss the issue. The three-member board didn't take action, but it's expected to issue final regulations within the next two months. Regulations proposed by the commission must pass a legislative review before they become final.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that three taxi companies attended the hearing to express concerns over the threat ride-sharing services pose to their businesses. The state's two largest airports asked to be exempt from the regulations, so they're able to charge fees to transportation network companies.

Under the proposed rules, prospective drivers would undergo criminal background checks and driving history reports.