Councilors to Look into Allowing Rideshare Companies – KFDX

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Published 07/28 2016 05:44PM

Updated 07/28 2016 05:44PM

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The possibility of being able to order a ride through an app has some on the Midwestern State campus excited.

Especially Maritza Scarborough, who said when she was in school, she had issues getting around town.

“It would be perfect. Especially since there’s a lot of international students here, I am one of them. So a lot of times that we come, we don’t have transportation, so I think a ride share would be perfect for Wichita Falls,” Scarborough said.

During Tuesday’s meeting, councilors will discuss how they want to regulate ridesharing companies.

“Well, currently our city ordinance actually prohibits a company that would want to come in and start a rideshare operation and it’s because our ordinances are a little bit outdated, so what we want to do is update them,” city attorney, Kinley Hegglund, said.

Tulsa-based Tride Rideshare recently expressed their interest in starting the service in Wichita Falls — in a letter sent to the city manager.

“Several of the city councilors have asked why we have an ordinance that doesn’t allow ride share companies,” Hegglund said.

City attorney, Kinley Hegglund, drafted two different ordinances for councilors.

One would heavily regulate rideshare services and another that would authorize, but would not regulate the service.

The city attorney said the current vehicle for hire ordinance has so many regulations it makes ride sharing services impractical here.

He said they will consider bringing that ordinance up-to-date or they could create a separate one that would only govern taxi alternatives.

Skylark Taxi President, Kevin Callahan, said he is not against ride sharing services per se — he just wants all companies to be regulated equally.

“I do believe that if local, state, county, city government is going to be involved in regulation business — that those regulations should be applied across the board to all businesses in that particular area that they are regulating,” Callahan said.

Hegglund said city councilors do not plan to take a vote on this matter at their upcoming meeting. He also said he encourages people with an interest on this proposal to come to the meeting on Tuesday.
 

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