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Md. commission proposes Uber regulations

Md. commission proposes Uber regulations

A judge with the Maryland Public Service Commission proposed Thursday to categorize Uber and other popular rideshare companies as "common carriers" — and subject them to the same regulations as taxis.

Uber has threatened to leave the state if the commission votes next month to classify as a cab company. That would be a victory for traditional cab companies, who have argued that Uber, a smartphone app that connects passengers with drivers, enjoys an unfair advantage.

Judge Terry J. Romine wrote that Uber is a "public service company" because it offers rides for hire — and so should be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission.

Romine, the...