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Regulate Uber, Lyft and taxis the same way

To the editor: The old adage is that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Hence, Uber and Lyft are taxi services. ("Taxi lobby's City Hall spending falls short against Uber, Lyft over LAX," AUg. 25) As such, it is logical that ride-sharing services and taxis be subject to the same regulations and opportunities. Uber and Lyft drivers and vehicles need to conform to rules formulated to protect the public. Taxi companies need to be given the flexibility to adopt demand-based pricing and where and when they'll pick up passengers. Recently I used an orange medallion car service to get to JFK airport in New York and a taxi to get home from...