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Dewey Beach Votes to Regulate Ridesharing Services Like Taxis

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft will now fall under the same category as taxis in Dewey Beach.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 13, the town council unanimously approved a measure to start treating the services as licensed taxicab businesses. That means Uber and Lyft drivers must apply for a Dewey Beach business license if they wish to operate in town.

Mayor Diane Hanson tells WBOC this will level the playing field.

"Uber mainly gets the cream off the crop," she said. "They come in on the weekend, and they deal with all the business in the summer and the weekends, but then during the week or off-season, they aren't around, and so we would rather give an even playing field for those people who are here year-round."

Both ridesharing companies have said their workers are freelance and therefore should not be subjected to the same fees and regular inspections required of taxi drivers.

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