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St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

Companies like Uber say they employ cutting-edge technology to pick up riders and allow them to pay electronically.
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Thousands of UberX drivers continue giving rides in St. Louis and St. Louis County despite efforts by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission to ticket them for doing so.

The MTC announced last March it would begin citing the ride-hailing company’s drivers for failing to have a vehicle-for-hire license, which requires a fingerprint background check under state law. So far, MTC enforcement agents have issued about 18 citations, said Executive Director Ron Klein.

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An animal rights group plans to protest Wednesday night at one of St. Louis County’s largest holiday light displays.

A small candlelight vigil at Tilles Park’s “Winter Wonderland” will honor a carriage horse named King that died while giving rides there on Dec. 21, 2013, said St. Louis Animal Rights Team attorney, Dan Kolde.

“We think that that occurred because the industry was allowed, unlawfully, to become unregulated by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission,” he said.  

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission postponed voting Wednesday on proposals that could clear the way for UberX and other transportation network companies to operate in the city and county.  

Uber staff help potential drivers with the ride-sharing company's application process during recruitment event in the Central West End.
Joseph Leahy | St. Louis Public Radio

UberX says it will recruit 2,000 new drivers in the first year after local regulators permit the company and other smart-phone-based ride services to operate in St. Louis.

To spread the word and garner support, Uber has teamed up with St. Louis branch of the NAACP, the St. Louis Agency of Training and Employment (SLATE) and the employment initiative Ferguson 1000.