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Ocean City Prepares for Uber

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials are preparing for a possible expansion of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in the resort town.

The Daily Times reports Uber started advertising last month to recruit drivers in Ocean City. But representatives for Uber and Lyft say neither firm has set plans to launch in Ocean City. An Uber spokeswoman says the company uses advertising to test a market's viability.

Ocean City officials say Uber is welcome. But they are taking a wait-and-see approach on how to regulate such drivers. Ocean City has a medallion system for approved drivers. They are subject to vehicle inspections and drug tests.

Taxi companies aren't happy about the possibility of Uber moving in. Carl Kufchak, who owns Ocean City Taxi, says Uber only offers unscreened drivers.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.