The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted on Wednesday to move forward with several changes it hopes will make St. Louis taxi drivers more competitive with Uber and Lyft drivers in the area.
Changes include reductions to minimum liability insurance, license fees and inspection requirements. New cab drivers will still need to get fingerprint background checks but will be able to obtain them through lower-cost private vendors, rather than at the commission office.
The commission also decided that no new taxi licenses would be issued for now. Under the new rules, cab companies will no longer be required to keep an employee overseeing their storefront during weekdays as long as somebody is available by phone.
So-called transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are exempt from the commission rules that govern cab drivers locally as per a bill signed by Gov. Eric Greitens earlier this year.
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