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Honolulu council approves 'surge pricing' limit

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HONOLULU -

Honolulu leaders have approved a measure to cap what ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand.
  
The companies have called the limit passed Wednesday by the City Council on a 6-3 vote the first restriction of its kind in the United States.
  
The measure prevents "surge pricing" if increased rates are higher than the maximum fare set by the city.
  
Uber sent emails to customers on the island of Oahu urging opposition to the measure, saying the council wants to impose "outdated taxi-style requirements on rideshare."
  
Supporters say it's wrong to allow companies to set their own prices without city control. Opponents say Uber and Lyft provide reliable and affordable transportation options.

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