South Carolina cops to Uber: Follow regs or face charges


By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.

Representatives of the Columbia and Greenville police departments, as well as the Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg airport police departments, told The Nerve this week that UberX drivers who do not follow state or local regulations could receive warning tickets or citations, which carry fines, at the discretion of officers.

The San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc., founded in 2009 and which says it provides ridesharing services to more than 100 cities worldwide, announced on July 10 that it had launched service that day in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

“We have to catch them in the act,” said Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons when contacted Monday, though she made a point of not mentioning the Uber company by name. “If people know of this, they have to contact us.”

at The Nerve.