Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Law Allowing Uber, Lyft Services

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area in San Francisco. Hilton is hailing the ride sharing service Uber to help guests reach its hotels and then explore the city where they are staying, the companies announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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Georgia’s highest court has handed a victory to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed today a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Atlanta taxi drivers and upheld a state law regulating and allowing the ride-hailing services.

Justice Carol Hunstein wrote in the unanimous opinion that taxicab drivers do not have a constitutionally protected “exclusive right to provide rides originating in the city limits which charged fares based on time and mileage.”

The Georgia General Assembly in 2015 passed a law that included authorization and regulations for ride-hailing services.

Atlanta taxi drivers sued the state, saying the city-issued medallions they have to buy to give them the exclusive right to operate vehicles for hire and that the law diluted the value of those medallions.