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Myrtle Beach allows licensed Uber drivers to operate while PSC awaits state-level decision

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach city officials are allowing licensed Uber drivers to operate within city limits under certain guidelines until the SC Public Service Commission makes its decision at the state level.

However, an Uber spokesperson opposes the city's structured rates, saying, “Myrtle Beach is taking a new alternative and treating [the rideshare service] like the traditional taxi, which doesn't make sense for this innovative business model.”

The city has issued 12 licenses to Uber drivers as a personal service, which city officials say is closer to the limousine model than the taxicab model.

Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach spokesman, said the reason being is “the [Public Service Commission] has delayed a decision at the state level a couple of times and the General Assembly is talking about changes.” 

“For local governments, this indirection and lack of direction at the state level has taken away enforcement options,” Kruea added.

Here's what licensed Uber drivers in Myrtle Beach are required to pay:

Current Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Rate Structure through May 31, 2015:

If the driver is a resident business: base license fee $145.00 on the 1st $2,000 gross receipts, plus $2.95 on each additional $1,000

If the driver is a non-resident business: base license fee $220.00 on the 1st $2,000 gross receipts, plus $4.45 on each additional $1,000

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Rate Structure starting June 1, 2015:

If the driver is a resident business: base license fee $135.00 on the 1st $2,000 gross receipts, plus $2.90 on each additional $1,000

If the driver is a non-resident business: base license fee $270.00 on the 1st $2,000 gross receipts, plus $5.80 on each additional $1,000

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