SA City Council to Discuss Ride-Share Companies

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A Yellow Cab driver protests ride-share companies Uber and Lyft during a 2014 summer committee meeting. - MARK REAGAN
  • Mark Reagan
  • A Yellow Cab driver protests ride-share companies Uber and Lyft during a 2014 summer committee meeting.

December 3, Update:

City Council will vote on the proposed amendments to Chapter 33 of the Transportation Code on December 11.

The council had a robust discussion today, where we heard much of the same stuff we've heard over the past few months.

The real fireworks will come December 11 and we'll be there to provide all the details to you, dear reader.

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The vehicle-for-hire soap opera will continue Wednesday as the City Council discusses ride-share companies and changes to Chapter 33 of San Antonio's Transportation Code.

The changes would allow companies like Lyft and Uber to legally operate in San Antonio.

The vehicle-for-hire industry, particularly Yellow Cab, has vehemently opposed any changes to Chapter 33 of the Transportation Code, arguing that companies like Lyft and Uber need to play by the same rules that regulate their industry.

However, Lyft and Uber are transportation network companies that provide users in need of a ride with drivers via a smartphone application. These companies offer lower fares than taxi cabs, and passengers and drivers both rate each other.

After months of negotiations in task force meetings, City officials believe they've reached a compromise that would effectively regulate the transportation network companies. Representatives with Yellow Cab have repeatedly told council members that they oppose amending the Transportation Code.

But this could be a turning point in the ride-share debate and depending on what happens Wednesday, the Transportation Code amendments could finally make it to the full City Council for a vote.

In the meantime, you can read the proposed amendments here:




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