As Springfield weighs ‘Uber bill,’ company says local launch could come within weeks

A representative for Uber said that the ride-hailing company could launch in Springfield “within a few weeks,” if the City Council passes a new “Uber bill.”

The proposed bill, which drew both public support and criticism at a meeting Monday night, is designed to govern both apps like Uber or Lyft, also called “transportation network companies,” and taxi companies. It’s a substitute bill that replaces a previous one tabled in March after a representative from Uber told council members it would block the company from operating in Springfield.

The newest version is closely aligned to what Uber has been requesting from Springfield and other jurisdictions across the country. It does not require drivers to obtain a city permit, and the responsibility to make sure drivers meet certain criteria, like passing a background check, will be placed on the companies.

Council is expected to vote on the bill at the next meeting on Nov. 14.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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