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POLL: Houston Open to Uber, Lyft

 
POLL: Houston Open to Uber, Lyft
Posted August 6th, 2014 @ 9:00am by KTRH's Nik Rajkovic

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are now able to operate legally in the city of Houston. 

Council passed a slew of new regulations Wednesday related to insurance, wheelchair accessibility and how to issue citations against the app-based services. 

 

"We just wanted to make sure the playing field was level and everybody was going to play by the same rules," said a spokesperson for Yellow Cab.

 

City leaders also agreed to allow taxi drivers, like Uber and Lyft, to initiate surcharges during peak hours via their own apps.

 


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"Our main concern is when they go do predatory charging, where they try to go below us," the Yellow Cab spokesperson said.  "If they ever do those shenanigans here in Houston, we'll compete with them."

 

Mayor Annise Parker says the regulations are the result of hard work on both sides for the past several months.

 

"This is a technology that is destructive to very entrenched, existing business enterprises," Parker told reporters.  "In fact, one of the most heavily regulated business enterprises in every big city in America, the limo and or taxi industry."

 

"I think the end result is something you may see picked up in some other cities," Parker said.  "I think we learned from what other cities have done and we have set a standard going forward."

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