Arizona to Allow Lyft, Uber


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed a ride sharing bill that will allow for services like Uber and Lyft. The bill settles a local dispute between traditional taxi services and ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

“This is one more simple but significant measure to promote innovation in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey in a statement on the signing. “Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are already booming businesses – rather than standing in the way of growth, we should be encouraging it.

Those companies have been pushing for similar efforts across the US in order to make it easier for ride share drivers to take hails. The effort hasn’t always been easy and in some cases – like Uber’s ongoing disputes in the city of New York, things can get litigious.

As CivSource previously reported, Uber recently launched a voluntary program to share its transit data with cities. Boston was announced as the first city to take part. In that instance the city won’t have to pay for Uber’s data but the data may not always be available through open data or other portals operated by cities that are part of the program.

Boston recently voted in favor of a similar ride sharing allowance measure at the city level.