New ride sharing laws go into effect in Georgia on July 1

Published: Jun. 30, 2015 at 8:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2015 at 8:36 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - New rules are governing new ways to get around.

The ride sharing service Uber has been operating for a little less than two months in the downtown Savannah area, and come Wednesday it'll be operating under new rules. A new Georgia law requires drivers for these ride sharing services to carry $1 million in insurance and undergo background checks.

But despite the protest of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, drivers won't have to be fingerprinted to make sure they are who they say they are in those background checks, which Uber will continue to do using a private company.

"We still have to make a living out here when they kind of come here and take it out from underneath us, which isn't fair,” Ummi Kemit, a taxi driver, said of Uber.

So how popular has Uber been since coming to Savannah? WTOC tried to ask the company, but all they sent was a generic statement claiming they have "hundreds" of happy drivers in the Hostess City.

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