Uber hopes to bring 10,000 more jobs to Missouri

1 year 6 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 16 2016 Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:57:00 PM CDT March 16, 2016 in News
By: Chris Brown, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - State legislators and Uber officials are hoping to get a bill passed that is designed to create 10,000 more jobs in Missouri. These 10,000 new jobs would allow people to apply to be Uber drivers.

Richard Estes, a local Uber driver, said he started driving for the app-based ride-hailing service in September 2015. He said it's good to drive for Uber, even though the work can be inconsistent.

"It really varies," Estes said. "When school was out, it was really slow, but you never know what day. Every day is different." 

Estes still said he's not worried about how the new jobs might affect him.

"I think when word gets around, it will kind of balance out," Estes said. "So, in the long run, it will be good for jobs. It will be good for everyone." 

A hearing for the bill took place in Jefferson City Wednesday morning. Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) and Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) are sponsoring the bill. 

The bill's summary says the measure would establish state-wide regulations for ride hailing services, taking the matter out of the hands of local governments. It also addresses safety standards, licensing and revenue.

The bill sets high safety standards for all such companies, help protect riders with insurance requirements and ensure transparency for fees and payments through electronic receipts. 

Uber first launched Columbia back in October of 2014. However, the launch date was quite a surprise for Columbia. 

At the time, Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the city just found out at the last minute the company was planning to launch.

The following November, the Columbia City Council presented potential regulations for Uber and other app-based taxi companies.

Those points included: Requiring Uber and other app-based taxi companies to pay a fee based on the number of drivers and have those who wish to drive for the company get a permit from the city. Uber's current regulations include filling out an application, going through a background check and showing proof of insurance and a driving record.

In January 2015, the city of Columbia presented the council with a high level analysis of differences between ride hailing companies, such as Uber, and traditional taxi services. 

In February 2015, the Columbia City Council passed regulations on Uber drivers. Drivers who wish to work for the ride-hailing company will need a valid Missouri chauffeur's licenses, allow the city to conduct a background check on each operator and get a safety inspection on each vehicle.

Uber is an app, available to download on a smart phone, to get a ride. After downloading the app and registering, the app pinpoints a customer's location, similar to Google maps. A customer registers by putting their credit or debit card into the app. This makes all payments for Uber electronic.

The location signal comes from one's smart phone. The app lets people know what the fare estimate of their ride will be, whether there's a driver available and how long it would take the car to arrive.

Similar apps include Lyft, Flywheel, and Sidecar. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Orthopedic Institute is now offering a free sports clinic called Friday Night Lights. Sports physicians... More >>
34 minutes ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A county clerk in central Missouri has determined that Attorney General Josh Hawley lawfully voted in a... More >>
50 minutes ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:59:39 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Twenty-four clinics across the state were selected to receive a federal grant to fund programs that treat... More >>
59 minutes ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) — A man and two women are charged in the killing of 17-year-old whose burned remains were... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The UM System hired a large public relations firm to help "craft its message and avoid perception crisis,"... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The property owner of a former homeless camp site is suing a southwest Missouri city and a... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:17:30 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is testing a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 12:35:16 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County outlet mall is being targeted by protesters one week after a judge... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 11:48:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — St. Joseph police are investigating the death of a 77-year-old woman as a homicide and her... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A second man has been charged with killing one man and wounding two others at a... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 10:44:53 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two new members to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. ... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 10:25:18 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLE COUNTY – A boil water advisory is affecting around 1,000 customers in the small town of Wardsville. The... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 10:10:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A Camden County deputy looking for a runaway teenager said he encountered a man who at one... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 9:50:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered Thursday in downtown St. Louis and marched, chanting "white silence... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 9:18:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Thursday kicked off Budweiser’s latest effort in its campaign to prevent drunk driving. Missouri is one of... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:19:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A man was injured after being struck by a motor vehicle on New Haven road. The vehicle also... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, September 21 2017 Sep 21, 2017 Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:37:00 PM CDT September 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A group is looking to bring a new residential neighborhood to Columbia’s westside. Subject to zoning and annex... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, September 21 2017 Sep 21, 2017 Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:07:00 PM CDT September 21, 2017 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Firefighters are turning over an ongoing case to federal investigators, according to Eddie Nicholson, the Osage Beach... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, September 21 2017 Sep 21, 2017 Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:10:00 PM CDT September 21, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
4pm 90°
5pm 90°
6pm 89°
7pm 86°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
The Goldbergs
4:30p
The Goldbergs

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld