Uber/Lyft debate

A widely-debated topic that has yet to reach a resolution here in Kansas City. Let’s lay out the current proposal for “ride-sharing”/“car for hire” services in front of the City Council.

Passed as of 4/9/15:

  • Drivers pay $100/yr
  • The company (Uber) pays $40,000/yr to cover expenses that would usually be passed on to drivers
  • The company (Uber) shares their background checks with the city

Uber continues to insist these regulations could force them to withdraw from the KC market. Lyft, a similar service, has declined to comment on the current proposal.

Taxi and driver licensing is a huge concern for city governments who regulate taxis but currently have no leverage on Uber or Lyft. Governments do not plan on deregulating taxis, but cannot seem to find a way to regulate these new ride programs, so they simply ban them all together because their hands are tied.

The Mayor gave a rather stirring speech before the Thursday vote to pass the the proposed regulations on TNCs (Transportation Network Companies) in KCMO. The vote passed unanimously, and the speech is a must-watch.

The city will be dismissing it’s case against Lyft. Will we be seeing a Lyft comeback?

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/04/14/kc-will-dismiss-case-against-lyft.html

New regulations passed this afternoon will keep Uber in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.

https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/591367211895300096

https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/591367705258627072

https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/591367970292502529

https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/591368113993551872

https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/591368212861726720

Looks like Lyft won’t be making their way back into the KC market. Possibly waiting out new state regulations that could be coming?

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/04/28/lyft-will-leave-kansas-city.html