Changes by St. Louis cab commission clear path for Uber Black

Uber | Courtesy of Uber
Courtesy of Uber

St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission officials made changes at a meeting Monday night that would allow ride-sharing service Uber to enter the market. Negotiations between the commission and San Francisco-based Uber have lasted for several months. Now, it’s up to the company to apply for a permit to operate.

The new rules would remove the minimum number of sedans a fleet must have to obtain a permit; limit premium sedan permit numbers; relax age requirement regulations for vehicles; and reduce the minimum distance a sedan must be stationed from a property.

These changes would allow Uber Black, the company’s premium sedan service, to operate in St. Louis. Some individuals in the taxi industry spoke up against the regulation changes, expressing concern that the commission would make changes for a company that has yet to apply for a permit. Uber officials were not present at the meeting.

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