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Maryland Commission Rules Uber Must Be Regulated

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland body that oversees transit ruled that a popular web-based ride sharing service is subject to state regulation.

The Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday ruled that Uber Technologies Inc. must be regulated. Uber is a ride sharing company that connects drivers with passengers using a smart phone application.

The PSC ruled that Uber is a common carrier — a company that moves people or goods for hire.

Uber has argued that it should not be subject to regulation under the PSC because of it is a technology company, and because it does not own or operate the cars in its ride sharing program.

The order requires Uber to apply for a motor carrier permit within 60 days, and calls for the commission staff to begin drafting new guidelines.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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