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Ridesharing companies closer to being regulated like cabs

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Bill 85 passed its second reading on Wednesday afternoon, bringing companies like Uber and Lyft closer to being treated like cabs. 

If the bill is passed, Uber and Lyft drivers would face the same regulations as taxi cab drivers, like requiring dome lights and taxi meters as well as taking away the use of a GPS to calculate distance, find the fastest routes and determine fares at which the prices would be set.

"We are pro-competition. However, we support Bill 85 because it will level the playing field," said one supporter.

"It allows me every morning to look at this kid and that one down there and say I love you, good morning, daddy is here for you. What other job can make you do that?" said an opponent of the bill.

Cab companies say this measure is about fairness.

But ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, say they're not cab companies, they're "technology" companies.

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