Uber, the startup cab service using freelance drivers with their own cars, has moved into New Jersey. With it comes controversy — should Uber drivers be allowed to compete with regulated taxis?
The Assembly Transportation Committee recently approved legislation calling for Uber drivers to obtain a higher level of insurance and a form of licensing that includes criminal background checks and clear identification — similar to that of limousine drivers.
Uber is fighting the bill, saying it will stifle its expansion in New Jersey and deprive riders of this transportation option. Few Republicans supported the bill and it’s unclear where Gov. Chris Christie stands on the issue.