COTTLEVILLE • In a move that could open Missouri to thousands of jobs for Uber and Lyft drivers while pounding another nail in the tire of traditional taxi services, Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday signed legislation paving the way for the new transportation companies to more easily operate statewide, effectively superseding local fees and regulations.
One immediate consequence of the new law could be to spawn a major push by taxi companies in St. Louis and other cities to demand that local regulators lighten their rules and fees to match what the new state system will do for Uber, Lyft and other services like them.
“Today is a great day for jobs in Missouri,” Greitens said at a public bill-signing ceremony at St. Charles Community College, before an auditorium packed with state lawmakers, supporters of the measure and a few protesters.
"Thousands of Missourians will now have good work readily available," Greitens said, adding: "It shows that as a state, we are committed to fighting for jobs . . . (and) that Missouri is open for business."
The bill — long sought by “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft and opposed by the traditional taxi industry — sets statewide regulatory standards for […]