Apparently, in Idaho it does. The city of Boise has been going round and round with UBER trying to make them stand up to the same requirements as the Taxi services do. Then, just like some Republican's doing an end run around President Obama sending a letter by sending a letter to Iran, Uber goes to the Idaho Legislature.
As a result, the legislature must have gone out for a "joint session" because they came back redefining companies like "UBER" as a "Transportation Network Company" (TNC) and specifically state in House Bill No. 262 that "TNC service is not a taxicab, for-hire vehicle" even though in 49-3703 1(3) it states:
"Transportation network company (TNC) services" shall mean transportation of a passenger between points chosen by the passenger and prearranged with a TNC driver through the use of a TNC digital network or software application. TNC services shall begin when a TNC driver accepts a request for transportation received through the TNC's digital network or software application service, continue while the TNC driver transports the passenger in the TNC driver's vehicle, and end when the passenger exits the TNC driver's vehicle. TNC service is not a taxicab, for-hire vehicle or street hail service.
Sorry, but to me, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it might be a duck!
Don't get me wrong, I like the concept of companies like UBER, but think they should still be required to the same standards of our taxi drivers for licensing, insurance, safety checks, etc., or else why not delete those requirements for taxi drivers?