The city and local cab companies are speaking out against new ride-sharing companies that Madison police and the city attorney are calling illegal taxi services.
New companies, Lyft and Uber, which launched in the last month, are ride sharing companies that allow customers to order a ride from drivers using a downloadable phone application. The drivers are then paid a fee based on how far the trip was.
To most, this sounds like an average cab company, but the difference is the drivers aren't licensed or vetted by the city.
"There are taxi cab regulations and as they've been interpreted by the Madison Police Department, they are not operating illegally," said Madison District 8 Alder Scott Resnick.