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Uber, Lyft refuse to require driver fingerprints

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By BILL HENDRICK
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Popular ride-hailing firms like Uber and Lyft are fighting lawsuits in Atlanta and other cities from cab drivers, taxi and limousine companies that claim the techno upstarts are siphoning off passengers and profits by skirting safety regulations.

The 2015 Georgia Legislature recently passed bills aimed at protecting passengers and requiring insurance coverage to be signed into law May 6.

But the ride-hailing companies have refused to use background checks that fingerprint drivers, and that rankles state officials such as Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, sponsor of the measure that came to be known as the "Uber" bill even though it applies to all such companies.

He says he had to compromise on that point but got most of what he wanted.

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