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Lyft, Uber drivers cited for the first time in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time, Madison police have ticketed drivers operating under the rideshare companies Lyft and Uber.

The drivers were cited for violating Madison's taxi service ordinances.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, each of the drivers was cited for more than $1,300.

On Friday, an MPD officer in plain clothes got a ride from an Uber driver from Odana Rd. to N. Lake Street. On Saturday evening, a second officer also wearing plain clothes, got a ride from the 2400 block of University Ave. to the Dane County Regional Airport. This driver said he was working for Lyft.

The City Attorney has determined both rideshare companies are operating illegally as taxis and need to comply with city ordinances. The City of Madison has urged the companies to stop operations until they can comply with ordinances.

Common Council member Scott Resnick is working on an ordinance that would regulate rideshare companies. He plans to introduce the measure before the end of April.

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