Spokane City council votes on regulations for Uber and Lyft, eas - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane City council votes on regulations for Uber and Lyft, easing taxi regulations

Posted: Updated:
City of Spokane passes new rules for ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft City of Spokane passes new rules for ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Monday night Spokane City Council members unanimously passed new rules and regulations for Spokane ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. At the same time, they also passed rules that ease the regulations for taxis.

Uber and Lyft work much like taxis, except drivers can work however much or little as they want, drivers use their own vehicles, and there are no running meters. You can tell if a driver works for Lyft by the pink mustache fixed to the front bumper.

Among other rules, the agreement passed Monday by the city council requires the ride-sharing companies to do the following:

  • pay the city $0.10 on every ride its drivers make, up to an annual cap of $10,000.
  • Uber and Lyft must maintain a website that provides a customer service phone number or email address
  • the companies must maintain accurate records of all operators
  • they must transmit an electronic receipt to the passenger's email or mobile device documenting trip details
  • they must have a safety inspection
  • Uber and Lyft can only accept rides booked through the company's website or app and cannot solicit or accept 'street-hails'

 Changes to the taxi rules are meant to level the playing field between taxis and ride-sharing services. The new rules make it easier for taxi companies to get inspections and hire new drivers.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

    Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:12:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:25:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

    >>
  • 12-year-old trapped underwater for nearly 9 minutes in resort pool

    12-year-old trapped underwater for nearly 9 minutes in resort pool

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-04-26 03:58:03 GMT
    NBC NewsNBC News
    NBC NewsNBC News

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina say a 12-year-old-boy is alive after being trapped underwater for nine minutes. A video obtained by NBC News shows the boy and his friend swimming around the lazy river at a resort. They removed a metal grate on the floor. The boy was swimming down to explore the hole when his leg became stuck. His friend and several adults tried to get him out, but were unsuccessful. 

    >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina say a 12-year-old-boy is alive after being trapped underwater for nine minutes. A video obtained by NBC News shows the boy and his friend swimming around the lazy river at a resort. They removed a metal grate on the floor. The boy was swimming down to explore the hole when his leg became stuck. His friend and several adults tried to get him out, but were unsuccessful. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • GUILTY: Cosby lashes out at prosecutors after being convicted of sexually assaulting woman

    GUILTY: Cosby lashes out at prosecutors after being convicted of sexually assaulting woman

    Thursday, April 26 2018 3:21 PM EDT2018-04-26 19:21:55 GMT

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.   A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

    >>

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.   A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

    >>
  • Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, at least 6 hurt

    Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, at least 6 hurt

    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:04:56 GMT

    SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Several people have been injured in an explosion at a refinery in Wisconsin.   Authorities in Superior say the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger says six people were taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota. He doesn't know the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded. There are no known fatalities.

    >>

    SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Several people have been injured in an explosion at a refinery in Wisconsin.   Authorities in Superior say the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger says six people were taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota. He doesn't know the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded. There are no known fatalities.

    >>
  • Driver accused of killing Idaho newlyweds pleads not guilty

    Driver accused of killing Idaho newlyweds pleads not guilty

    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:00 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:00:46 GMT

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A driver accused of intentionally hitting and killing young Idaho newlyweds holding hands on a sidewalk has pleaded not guilty.   The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 37-year-old Jason Verwer entered his not guilty plea Friday to two counts of second-degree murder.   Authorities say 22-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson were killed in late January while walking along a road in Fruitland.

    >>

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A driver accused of intentionally hitting and killing young Idaho newlyweds holding hands on a sidewalk has pleaded not guilty.   The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 37-year-old Jason Verwer entered his not guilty plea Friday to two counts of second-degree murder.   Authorities say 22-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson were killed in late January while walking along a road in Fruitland.

    >>