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Los Angeles moves to become biggest US city to allow airport passenger pickups by Uber, Lyft

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles has moved toward becoming the biggest city in the U.S. to allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport.

Despite protests from taxi drivers who picketed the meeting, officials from Los Angeles International Airport voted in favour of the change Thursday.

Pickups could begin as early as August, but the plan is still subject to final approval from the airport and the city attorney.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1Jk70v7 ) the proposal includes a digital “fence” that would tell the airport when a driver from one of the services enters or leaves the terminal area.

Currently, the drivers are allowed to drop off passengers but not pick them up. Under the proposed changes, they’d have to pay a $4 fee to do either.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/