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Ride sharing company protests proposed Hawaii regulations

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The ride sharing company Uber is threatening to shut down its Hawaii operations if a bill pending in the state Legislature is passed.

The bill aims to regulate transportation companies like Uber and Lyft where customers order rides using a smartphone app. Drivers use their own cars to give customers rides.

The bill is being taken up by the House Finance Committee Thursday.

Uber's Hawaii general manager Brian Hughes says the company welcomes regulation. But he says he's hoping for a compromise on the insurance requirements laid out in the bill.

Traditional bus and taxi companies want Uber and Lyft to abide by the same regulations as other companies in the industry.

In Hawaii, Uber operates on Oahu and Maui. Hughes says Uber has hundreds of drivers in the state.

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