Mexico City proposes regulations allowing Uber, other phone-based ride apps

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Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered.

The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city also would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

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The regulation previewed Friday by the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies does not specify what Uber and other app-based drivers would have to pay to operate.

The Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City have pushed the city to regulate or ban Uber, saying it's unfair that its drivers avoid costly licensing and inspections that taxis must undergo to operate.

The regulations must be approved by Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.