Ald. Bob Bauman
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Public Transportation Review Board to take up lifting cap on taxicab permits, legal path for network company vehicles

The city’s Public Transportation Review Board will meet tomorrow (Friday, June 13) to discuss a proposed ordinance lifting the cap on taxicab permits and establishing provisions for vehicle inspections and driver licensing for “network companies” such as Uber and Lyft.

By - Jun 12th, 2014 05:30 pm

The city’s Public Transportation Review Board will meet tomorrow (Friday, June 13) to discuss a proposed ordinance lifting the cap on taxicab permits and establishing provisions for vehicle inspections and driver licensing for “network companies” such as Uber and Lyft. The proposal (attached – Common Council file # 131800) also establishes a path for network company vehicles to operate legally in Milwaukee and requires the vehicles and drivers to undergo the same requirements that are currently in place for all other types of vehicles now licensed by the city.

The meeting, chaired by Alderman Robert J. Bauman, will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

“It is the city’s responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of those utilizing taxicabs and network vehicles, and to make sure certain standards are met,” Alderman Bauman said. “People should be able to feel confident that the car they ride in will be clean and safe.”

Uber and Lyft began operating in Milwaukee earlier this year, around the same time the Common Council approved 100 new taxi cab permits. Uber cars are identified by black bumper stickers and Lyft cars are identified by pink mustaches attached to their front bumpers. They face similar licensing regulation efforts in other cities.

Friday’s meeting will be televised live on the City Channel (Channel 25 on Time Warner Cable in the City of Milwaukee), and on U-Verse Channel 99. Online viewing is available by going to www.city.milwaukee.gov/Channel25.

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