From CQ Roll Call:

Washington, D.C., has the country’s best regulatory environment for taxis and rideshare services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, according to a report by the R Street Institute, a free market think tank.

The report, which comes as rideshare services are under increasingly heated debate around the country, praised the District’s price transparency rules, its single operating license for taxis, limousines and sedans and the city’s lack of a cap on the number of taxis in the fleet.

It particularly singled out the city’s new rule governing so-called “transportation network companies” such as Uber…

…But the R Street researchers praised the city’s law, saying it would benefit consumers.

“Instead of banning first and asking questions later, Washington has created a relatively open regulatory environment for all for-hire transportation, while guarding against frivolous new regulations,” said Andrew Moylan, the group’s executive director. “By allowing restrictions on the taxi industry, Washingtonians have the benefit of vigorous competition both within and between each different sector.”

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