Ride sharing startups come under fire in California, aim to help regulators understand business model

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It turns out Uber isn’t the only transportation startup facing unwanted scrutiny from regulators. Three California-based ride sharing businesses – SideCar, Lyft, and Tickengo – have responded to cease-and-desist orders from the state’s Public Utilities Commission that accused the companies of operating without necessary permits. The commission’s primary concerns revolve around a lack of verification: by maintaining that they accept voluntary donations and not traditional fares, the companies in question have attempted to skirt around existing taxi regulations. State officials view this as a dangerous to passengers, suggesting that because the services don’t adhere to established screening protocols, riders could risk being denied…

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