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Birmingham puts brakes on Internet-based taxi service

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Popular Internet-based taxi service, Uber, cannot operate in the Magic City... at least for now.

Before Uber is given the green light, Birmingham City leaders must update the current rules for taxi cab drivers and "ridesharing." 

"Ridesharing" is the business model for Uber. People can request the car service by using their smart phones and the fees are charged to their credit cards. 

Birmingham City Councilors were set to vote on the proposed changes regarding taxi and "vehicles-for-hire" ordinance, Tuesday, however, that vote was delayed.

"We obviously need a little bit more time. We have a committee of the whole meeting tomorrow, and we can take time then to discuss whatever details we have available," Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin said.

The Chair of the Transportation Committee, Council Member Kim Rafferty, says the city wants to make sure any transportation business in Birmingham is safe and qualified.
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