Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ office said late last week that the mayor had engaged in productive discussions with Uber about keeping the ride-sharing service in Kansas City.
On April 9, the Kansas City Council approved new regulations that apply to traditional taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. After the meeting, Uber representatives said the new regulations were too burdensome and expensive, and that they could force the San Francisco-based company out of Kansas City.
Uber backers suggested that the council’s vote was damaging to Kansas City’s efforts to be perceived as an entrepreneurial, progressive city. But James said the regulations were designed to ensure public safety, and he dismissed the idea that they were driving Uber away.
James spokesman Michael Grimaldi said Uber has a business license to operate in the city and that drivers with the proper certification can operate there.