Regulations restrict Uber drivers in Columbia

5 years 1 week 2 days ago Monday, February 16 2015 Feb 16, 2015 Monday, February 16, 2015 9:49:00 PM CST February 16, 2015 in News
By: Ginger Hervey and Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council passed regulations on Uber drivers at its meeting Monday night.

Drivers who wish to work for the ride-sharing 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.

The city of Columbia has been at odds with the ride-sharing company for months. In December, the city council asked Uber to halt operations until it could vote on regulations for the transportation service. When Uber did not stop running, the city launched a "sting operation" that ticketed drivers who were operating Uber cars.

Uber spokesperson Jaime Moore said the ordinance passed Monday night in Columbia is one of the most restrictive she has seen in the country.

"Columbia is unique, and by unique I mean very hostile to the ridesharing community," Moore said.

Moore works regionally for the company and said Uber already has an extensive background process in place for its drivers. According to her, the ordinance approved might make less people want to become drivers, which will hurt the reliability of the Uber platform.

"Uber's background check process is state, multi-state, county, federal, national sex offender registry and a social security trace," Moore said. "The ordinance will create duplicative processes."

When KOMU 8 spoke with Ward 3 council member Karl Skala about ridesharing regulations, he said the proposed changes are minimal and should not be crippling to Uber. In the city council meeting, Skala said that the regulations passed are necessary to ensure that citizens receive safe rides.

Multiple council members expressed concern about Uber's corporate culture and the company's December refusal to halt operations at the city council's request. In light of the lack of compliance in the past, council members felt that having city regulations for Uber drivers was necessary.

Uber drivers and community members attended the city council meeting to show their support for the ride-sharing service. Local Uber driver Steven Craze said the regulation would be redundant since Uber already conducts a background check.

"I had driven for about three months before the city started cracking down on drivers," Craze said. "For me it would be kind of a burden just to go through the process."

Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the goal of the legislation is to maintain a fair competition between TNC's and traditional taxicabs.

The city council also voted on changes to taxi cab regulations, such as the adjustment of taxi cab stand hours from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., to make the industry more competitive.

Moore said since ride-sharing is a relatively new business, there is no standard for regulation. However, she has no problem with Uber putting pressure on traditional taxicab companies.

"If Uber coming to town creates a modernization of the taxi companies, that's great," Moore said.

The council also presented first readings of bills that would ban plastic bags as well as held a public hearing regarding the possible annexation of land that a developer wants to turn into a new housing suburb near Battle High. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Boonville woman died after a two car crash on the Missouri River bridge Wednesday morning. Icy... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:36:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C (AP) - President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:07:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (CNN) - Missouri deer hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of venison to food banks and pantries across the... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:02:33 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman was arrested for drug possession after being struck on Highway 40 Tuesday night. Joanna... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:43:01 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who took over the state’s top... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The family of Mengqi Ji, who has been missing since October and is presumed dead, released a statement... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:12:23 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Emergency responders have reported numerous crashes, slide-offs and other incidents related to slick roads Wednesday morning. One... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:50:00 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bernie Sanders faced a torrent of attacks Tuesday night during a raucous debate that tested the Democratic... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:20:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One group of former service men and women is making a difference across the state providing help... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:10:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY - New technology installed by Ameren could provide more responsive service if severe weather comes to Jefferson City.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:45:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia neighborhood watch is still relevant despite social media and sites like Nextdoor. Neighborhood watch programs encourage... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:51:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The American Cancer Society's annual "Stick a Fork in Cancer" campaign welcomes a new restaurant. BluTaco joins... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:34:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe today filed to run for election in 2020. Kehoe has served as... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:12:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia Public Works plow crews are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, to prepare for possible... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 4:54:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY— Tuesday at the Missouri State Capitol, representatives heard testimony from people in regards to a house bill that... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 3:25:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway filed to run for governor on Tuesday. It was... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:26:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- The Civil Rights Movement was a time of racially charged protests and marches. Some activists took to the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:10:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri joined 38 other states in an investigation into Juul Labs on Tuesday. Those states are looking into... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
6pm 33°
7pm 32°
8pm 31°
9pm 30°