Arrival of Uber means fewer cabs, cab drivers

Capital News Service
LANSING – Uber may be a household name, but the entrepreneurial ridesharing company reached Michigan only two years ago, tacking Detroit and Ann Arbor onto its momentum for global popularity. Since then, the service has expanded to Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and Kalamazoo. Meanwhile, many taxi companies, including ones in Michigan, have struggled to keep up with the technology and new business model Uber offers. And they face setbacks. In Grand Rapids, for example, the number of taxi drivers with active licenses is down 22 percent since last year, according to the city clerk’s office.

Lawmakers move to regulate Uber statewide

Capital News Service
LANSING – Who should be in charge of regulating Uber, the app-based network of independent taxi drivers that’s operating in cities across Michigan? A state representative thinks the legislature should make the rules to provide consistent statewide regulation. But local governments that have already negotiated regulations with Uber and traditional taxi companies think the state should mind its own business. Uber is an entrepreneurial taxi service that connects people in need of a ride with approved drivers through a mobile app. An Uber driver can be anyone over 21 who has signed up, passed a background check, and owns a reliable vehicle with insurance.