The Cambridge License Commission tomorrow considers regulations that would bar services such as Uber or Lyft altogether unless they agree to come under the same general regulations as taxi companies - but would also prohibit them from using their current GPS-based billing systems even if they do agree to local licensing.
At a meeting that begins at 6 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave., the commission is expected to take up a series of "regulations for smartphone technology for taxicabs and limousines" that would prohibit anybody not licensed by the city to dispatch cars for hire, prohibit the use of distance-based billing systems by anybody except taxicab companies and would set a minimum $50 fare for non-taxi fares.
In 2012, Cambridge tried to ban Uber only to be overturned by the Uber-using bureaucrats of the Patrick administration.
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