Jefferson City to consider Uber offer of free rides on Inauguration Day

Jefferson City regulations don’t allow for transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, but an upcoming special occasion prompted the company to ask for an exception.

Representatives of Uber, the smartphone app-based ride-hailing service, have approached city officials about providing free rides on Inauguration Day, Jan. 9, despite not meeting the city’s requirements for vehicle-for-hire businesses.

“We are working with the city council and are excited about the opportunity this presents for Uber drivers in Jefferson City,” spokesperson Andy Hung confirmed in an emailed statement.

The City Council will consider a bill at its meeting Tuesday night that would accommodate Uber’s request and others like it.

The bill, sponsored by 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Mihalevich, would authorize the city administrator to issue a temporary business permit for a ride-hailing business to offer free services.

Read more: Jefferson City News Tribune

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