The Maryland Public Service Commission approved an agreement that would allow for the regulation of Uber Technologies Inc.’s UberBlack and UberSUV services.
Under the terms of the agreement, Uber’s subsidiary, Drinnen LLC agrees to be treated as a common carrier and will file a motor-carrier permit with the commission. It will also provide to the commission the names of drivers accepting rides through the Uber app.
This summer, the commission ruled that Uber, a popular app that allows for users to arrange a ride via a smartphone, was a common carrier and subject to regulation. Uber disputed that ruling because it does not directly employ the drivers or own the vehicles they use to pickup customers. The company also has to file a schedule of its times, rates and charges, including minimum and maximum price as well as surge pricing.
In November, it was announced commission staff and the company had reached the agreement that was approved on Thursday.