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Spokane City Council expected to recognize Uber, Lyft services

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane City Council is expected to sign a memorandum that approves the operation of Uber and Lyft in the city, according to The Spokesman-Review. 

Uber and Lyft are two ride-sharing companies which recently started operating in the Spokane area, along with other large metropolitans across the United States. They use smart phone applications to arrange rides for passengers. In many areas the companies face questions on their legality, particularly from taxi companies.

The Spokesman-Review also reports (http://bit.ly/1rtOR7T) the council is expected to pass an ordinance that lifts some regulations and fees on taxi drivers.

The memorandum to be voted on would codify procedures the companies already follow, meaning if a driver violates the procedures, they could face penalties from the city. The companies would also agree to pay a small tax to cover administrative and regulatory costs, and it would make it a city violation for ride-share companies to accept street-hails, helping to protect the taxi market.

Watch KHQ Local News for more on the expected vote Monday evening.
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