Ride-sharing to top taxis in Virginia

STATE-NEWSNORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A draft state report predicts taxis will be outnumbered by ride-sharing drivers after Virginia begins regulating the industry. The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of the draft report by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The newspaper says the draft recommends regulations that appear to be slightly more stringent than temporary agreements allowing ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate in Virginia. The DMV is studying ride sharing to help legislators determine how to regulate such companies. Frank Azzalina with Hampton Roads Transportation Inc. tells the newspaper that the taxi industry will continue to lobby for stricter regulation of ride-sharing companies. Ride-sharing companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.

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