Car service app Uber has built a sizable business, and hasn't been too concerned about state and city regulations. But Tuesday in Sacramento, California, legislators are discussing the possibility of clamping down on the growing business.
And it's not just Uber that is in the crosshairs of California regulators. Lyft, Rideshare and other competitors to the traditional taxi business may be asked to disclose more information about drivers, vehicles and insurance.
It's a brewing battle that pits several driving app companies against the entrenched interests of cab companies, city car regulators and state and local politicians.
Consumers seem to be voting with their smartphones and wallets, as Uber and other ridesharing apps have cut into cab companies market share.
Uber's success is radically disrupting the face of the transportation industry in California, and the tension is palpable.
In Sacramento Tuesday, members of California's legislature were threatening to prevent Uber, Lyft and others from picking up or delivering passengers from area airports.
Among the issues on the table for officials is a bill that would require more rigorous background checks of drivers, and potentially drug tests.
(One bill was approved by a committee that would raise insurance requirements for rideshare companies.)