|By Nico Savidge, The Wisconsin State Journal|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
City officials have been sparring with Lyft and Uber -- which use smartphone apps to arrange rides between passengers and drivers using their personal cars -- since the companies launched in
Taxi companies and city officials, most vocal among them Mayor
May gave the companies until
If they don't, May wrote, the city will "take any necessary additional enforcement."
He did not specify what that enforcement would be, however, and said in an email that the city is "considering a range of enforcement options," which could depend on the response from Lyft and Uber.
Ride-sharing companies have sparred with local governments in cities across the country and around the world. In those fights, the response from authorities has ranged from letting the companies operate with little regulation to citing drivers and impounding their cars.
Lyft paid for the citations its driver received in April.
Since then, Resnick said city officials and representatives from the companies have had productive negotiations and have worked to create legislation that is "almost ready" for the
Rather than working out new policies with
May acknowledged the efforts to regulate Lyft and Uber in his letter but wrote that those ordinance changes "have not been adopted and may never be adopted."
"In the meantime, you must comply with our existing ordinances," May told the companies.
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