Taxicab commission meeting on Uber set for Friday

Photo courtesy of NY Post
Photo courtesy of NY Post

On Friday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is set to once again take up the Uber debate.

Commissioners will discuss proposed amendments to the vehicle-for-hire code, specifically creating and regulating companies like Uber and Lyft.

The commission’s chairman, Lou Hamilton, proposed changes to allow “transportation network companies” such as Uber, but it was ultimately too different from the code changes proposed by Uber and no compromise was made.

Whether a compromise will be reached that will satisfy both sides is still in question. Commissioners say Uber’s safety checks, such as finger-printing, don’t go far enough to comply with state law. Uber says its background checks are thorough and calls the fingerprint mandate burdensome for its drivers. It says such a rule would prevent it from coming to St. Louis.


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