Springfield City Council passes ‘Uber bill’ to allow ride-hailing services

The Springfield City Council passed the long-awaited “Uber bill” in a unanimous vote Monday, expressing support and excitement for the bill that offers new rules to govern both taxicabs and “transportation network companies” like Uber.

Councilman Ken McClure talked about how city staff have worked with representatives from Uber for months, before finally coming to an agreement over the language of the bill, which shifted enforcement of driver background checks and other requirements from the city to the companies.

Uber has not yet announced when it will begin operating in Springfield. On Nov. 1, a lobbyist working with Uber said the company has “already been recruiting” in the Springfield area.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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