St. Louis cab commission loses second member central to Uber debate

For the second time this month, St. Louis’ Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is facing the resignation of a commissioner who has been at the heart of the organization’s debate over ride-hailing services like Uber.

Chris Sommers, who was the commission’s most ardent supporter of app-based ride-hailing services, announced his resignation Wednesday.

That follows the resignation of Lou Hamilton, the commission’s chairman and a frequent adversary of Sommers’ on the issue of ride-hailing services. Hamilton’s resignation became effective Dec. 15.

Sommers and Hamilton often sparred publicly about Uber, which faced resistance from the city’s cab companies and many of the MTC’s commissioners over its resistance to certain commission rules and regulations.

In September, the commission voted to allow ride-hailing services but said drivers should be fingerprinted as part of a criminal background check.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal


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