|By Dean Mosiman, The Wisconsin State Journal|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The proposal, introduced to the
Currently, companies such as
Despite a recent sting that resulted in citations for drivers, Lyft and
Resnick argued the city can't shy from opportunities in the new economy and said his proposal will let TNCs provide safe, equitable service while protecting fair competition. The proposal doesn't address insurance levels and 24-hour citywide service.
The proposal received a cautious response.
The proposed ordinance wouldn't work for Lyft's peer-to-peer business model in its current form but is a good starting point, said Lyft spokeswoman
Soglin said the plan "goes further than I thought it would as far as reining in
He said his main concerns involve whether TNCs could decline passengers for any reason, whether their vehicles are clearly marked, whether they could raise rates during peak demand, insurance and the 24-7 rule.
"This is a starting point, a start of the conversation," Resnick said, stressing that the proposal doesn't mean he's offering carte blanche support for Lyft or
Requirements under Resnick's proposal would include licenses for companies and vehicles, driver background checks and vehicle safety checks.
TNCs would have to have a business office in the city with toll-free phone, complaint hotline and mailing address, and vehicles would have to be marked with approved decals.
TNCs would be banned from taking street hails, operating on
It also would require:
--Filing a GPS-calculated rate schedule with the City Clerk's Office, with surge pricing for TNCs and regular cab companies limited to 10 days per year with specific approvals.
--Keeping records on drivers, vehicle service and repair, vehicle insurance and registration, and passenger complaints for one year.
--Securing storage space for items left in vehicles.
The proposal, modeled after legislation recently passed in
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