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A common-sense solution to the Uber vs. taxi wars

A common-sense solution to the Uber vs. taxi wars

Since Uber's launch in San Francisco five years ago, government officials have wrestled with how to address this new type of transportation service. Meanwhile, taxi drivers have cried foul over the unequal regulatory environment. They face a mountain of rules, ranging from sensible to comical and even bizarre, while ride-share upstarts Uber and Lyft operate outside most taxi laws. Policymakers across the nation could learn from their peers in Florida, who may have found a way to level the playing field and still make way for innovation.

Last month, Broward County commissioners voted to reduce excessive taxi and ride-sharing regulations, creating a...