The ride-sharing app uberX allows its users to connect with freelance drivers who can shuttle them around town. The Charleston Post & Courier newspaper reported Wednesday that the California-based company is recruiting drivers in the Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach areas. Uber began operating in San Francisco
Despite meeting with interested drivers last week, the company is still mum on any expansion into South Carolina. “We are excited about the potential opportunity to connect riders and drivers in Charleston,” spokeswoman Kaitlin Durkosh said in a statement. “While there is no standard timeline we follow, we do often find that both riders and drivers in cities are looking for increased choice and economic opportunities.”
But state regulators are concerned that the ride-sharing service may not meet the same standards required of traditional taxi drivers. The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS), which is tasked with representing the public on utility issues, sent a letter to the SC Public Service Commission on Tuesday asking that the commission determine whether ride-sharing services like uberX should be regulated as taxis.