D.C. Council Clears Way for Ridesharing Operations in the City

  • October 29th 2014

by Lark Turner

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D.C. Council Clears Way for Ridesharing Operations in the City: Figure 1

The D.C. Council passed a bill on Tuesday legalizing ridesharing services like Uber X, Sidecar and Lyft. The bill was introduced a year ago by Councilmembers Mary Cheh and David Grosso, and now awaits Mayor Vincent Gray’s signature.

Cab drivers objected to the vote with a late-morning protest.

The Vehicle for Hire Innovation Amendment Act of 2014 implements certain requirements for the ride-sharing drivers, who will have to carry a certain amount of insurance while they’re transporting passengers and be subjected to background checks, among other requirements.

In a news release, Uber called the passage of the legislation a win for the company, which has faced significant hurdles to legal operation thanks to widespread opposition to the service from taxicab companies and unions.

“With this legislation, D.C. has become a trailblazer in the transportation industry by embracing innovation, supporting consumer choice and empowering small business owners,” the company wrote.

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