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Uber ordered to apply for carrier permit

Friday - 4/25/2014, 6:01pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland's Public Service Commission has ordered a company that links people seeking rides with freelance drivers to apply to operate as a for-hire carrier.

Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine said in a ruling issued Thursday that Uber Technologies is a common carrier subject to PSC regulation. She says Uber has 60 days to apply for a motor carrier permit.

Rachel Holt, Uber East Coast regional general manager, says Uber is a technology company, not a transportation company. She says the PCS ruling is the first time any jurisdiction in the more than 100 cities in which Uber operates has found it to be a transportation company.

Holt says Uber, which started operating in Baltimore in January 2013 and now is all over the state, will appeal.

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