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

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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.

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