Tuscaloosa City Council approves deal allowing Uber rides

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The Tuscaloosa City Council has approved a deal that’s expected to allow the ride-booking service Uber to begin operations in the city within a month.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to change its vehicle-for-hire ordinance to allow Uber — as well as similar companies — to begin operations.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said he planned to sign the amended ordinance into law.

Councilman Kip Tyner cast the lone dissenting vote. The Tuscaloosa newspaper reports that Tyner expressed concerns that the city’s traditional taxi and limousine companies are not treated fairly by the new rules, including the issue of how business licenses are granted.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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