Rideshare Companies Object to Seattle Regulations

April 14, 2014

Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft are leading a campaign to undo new regulations adopted by the Seattle City Council.

The rules require them to meet to meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi companies. They also limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at a time, collectively capping them at 450.

Uber, Lyft and similar ventures use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers utilizing their personal vehicles. They say the regulations would be a huge hit.

The Seattle Times reports that Uber and Lyft have each contributed more than $200,000 to a signature gathering effort coordinated by a group called Keep Seattle’s Ride Options. They hope to turn in at least 16,510 signatures this week to keep the rules from taking effect and to require a public vote later this year.

The City Attorney’s Office says it’s not clear whether the rules can even be subject to a referendum.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Common Sense says:
    This isn't a case of Big Brother overstepping its bounds, this is gov doing its job - protecting 3rd party citizens who get injured in accidents caused by Party one - the car/... read more
  • April 15, 2014 at 11:09 am
    Vroom says:
    This could be a slippery slope. Technically, the rules could "overflow." Instead of calling for a rideshare with someone you don't know, if you have a friend take you to the... read more
  • April 15, 2014 at 11:06 am
    Vroom says:
    They should do away with the regulations that jack up taxi prices anyway and let the free market dictate.
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