You rideshare customers are finally not breaking city law. The Seattle City Council officially approved new legislation Monday on a two-year cap on the number of freelance drivers that “transportation network companies” like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar can have active at any given time in the city. CHS posted about the new rules here in late February.
The two-year “pilot” plan approved by the council will cap the number of drivers on each service at 150 active cars for hire. “The city’s new regulations also spell out mandatory insurance coverage for TNC drivers,” KPLU reports.
Saying the plan “isn’t a complete fix, but it’s a start,” Council member Sally Clark said, “Customers want more choices and better service. TNC vehicles will now become a legal choice with appropriate driver, vehicle and insurance safeguards.”
Taxi companies serving Seattle are now expected to play catch-up on the app and service side of the equation. We’ll see how that shakes out as the pilot runs its course.