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Uber, Lyft and Sidecar facing taxi pushback in some cities

One of the hottest battles on the road is all about who has the right to get passengers from point A to point B.

Trendy new services—such as Uber, Lyft or Sidecar— let pedestrians hire a car and driver via a smartphone app. Because their credit card information is already on file, there's no need to fumble with cash.

Many find this option more nimble, convenient and responsive than hailing a cab on the street corner. But it has taxi operators, who are subject to regulation and substantial licensing costs, crying foul.

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Outraged by what it calls "a serious threat to public safety," the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association—which represents 1,100 taxicab companies—recently launched the "Who's Driving You?" campaign that aims to make travelers aware of risks the group says they're exposed to when they get in a car from a ridesharing company.

The services lack essential public safety components, said Dave Sutton, a spokesman for the campaign. They're not adequately insured, don't perform rigorous background checks of drivers, and provide little training, he added.

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