Maine airports want state to regulate Uber, Lyft

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An Uber car drives through LaGuardia Airport in New York, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AUGUSTA (AP) — Portland and Bangor airport representatives say it’s time to regulate ride-booking companies that don’t have to pay the same fees as taxi drivers.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2ngxDlI) that Democratic Rep. Richard Farnsworth’s bill would allow a municipality to adopt an ordinance governing a transportation network company’s operations at an airport.

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Taxi companies pay annual fees of $810 at Portland Jetport and up to $450 at Bangor International Airport.

A bill is scheduled Friday morning in front of the Legislature’s transportation committee.

A 2015 Maine law requires ride-booking companies such as Uber and Lyft to pay a $10,000 yearly fee and prevents local governments from passing additional regulations.

Airport officials say other U.S. airports have rules that require permits or fees for ride-booking companies, and make drivers wait for passengers in a designated area.

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