San Antonio, like many main cities, has had an on-once more, off-once more relationship with rideshare ever because it entered the native car for rent market in 2014.
City officers referred to as on the greater than 100 individuals gathered Tuesday night time at a Tech Bloc rally at Burleson Yard to select up their telephones, ship an e-mail, or drop a letter within the mail to City Council members in help of experience-hailing know-how corporations like Uber and Lyft.
“Please, let’s not rest on our laurels,” stated Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1), who credited rideshare with the discount of drunk driving arrests in San Antonio over the previous yr. “Let’s sign up, let’s contact our Council member(s).”
City Council will talk about a proposal tomorrow at 2 p.m. that might prolong the prevailing pilot working agreements with such corporations for as much as 4 years. Citizens can speak directly to City Council through the 6 p.m. session later that day. The new guidelines are scheduled for City Council vote on Thursday, Dec. eight, after one other residents to be heard session at 9 a.m.
The new regulation would maintain a 10-point fingerprint background verify optionally available however add a “financial incentive” for rideshare drivers who comply, City Manager Sheryl Sculley introduced Tuesday night time. She joined Treviño and Mayor Ivy Taylor, who every donned a blue and pink “Keep Rideshare SA” shirt.
“… My vision for San Antonio is that we’re a globally competitive city where every person is connected to opportunities for prosperity,” Taylor stated. “I cannot think of anything that we’re doing that better exemplifies that than continuing rideshare in San Antonio.”
Competitive cities have entry to transportation choices, she stated, noting that San Antonians have restricted public transportation choices.
“We think we’ve struck a great balance with this consumer choice model,” Taylor stated.
In an try and construct consensus and persuade Council members like Joe Krier (D9), who recently baulked on the variety of drivers who volunteered to be fingerprinted, City employees and coverage makers labored on a compromise. The particulars shall be absolutely revealed to the general public and Council on Wednesday.
“There were still some concerns (among some Council members) about how many drivers have actually taken the 10-print,” Sculley advised the Rivard Report after the rally. “So we came up with a way to incentivize it.”
As of Tuesday, Sculley stated, 373 drivers had registered. It is unknown what number of rideshare drivers – half-time or full-time – are lively.
“Overwhelmingly, the community wants to continue with our rideshare companies,” she informed the gang, citing group conferences and on-line surveys carried out by the City over the previous yr.
While City employees will formally advocate that Council approve the proposed guidelines, the division on the dais stays too near name.
Council members Mike Gallagher (D10), Ray Lopez (D6), Cris Medina (D7), Shirley Gonzales (D5), and Rebecca Viagran (D3) voted towards the pilot working agreements, citing considerations concerning the third-celebration background checks rideshare corporations use for drivers, which depend on native and state databases.
Traditional car for rent corporations have argued that these background checks are inadequate and that solely fingerprinting can guarantee passenger security. Rideshare corporations will probably stop operations within the metropolis, like they did in March 2015, if fingerprinting turns into obligatory – or till the Texas Legislature takes on the issue.
The actual public security situation on the desk is drunk driving, stated Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) South Texas Executive Director Jason Derscheid.
More than 10,000 individuals died final yr within the U.S. because of drunk driving, he added.
“10,265 to be exact. I give you that exact number because each and every one of them was a son, a daughter, a mother, or a father,” he stated, including that yr after yr, Texas is among the many prime states within the nation for drunk driving fatalities. Bexar County leads all of the city counties within the state for fatalities. “The most tragic part about this is drunk driving is 100% preventable.”
Ride-hailing cellular purposes make it a simple, reasonably priced selection to not drive drunk, Derscheid stated.
Members of Tech Bloc, the native know-how business advocacy group, handed out flyers with Council member contact information and picked up signed petitions all through the occasion.
“Rideshare is one of the few things that has actually moved the needle in decreasing the amount of drunk driving happening in our county, saving lives,” stated Tech Bloc CEO David Heard.
City Council may also contemplate various modifications to how all automobiles-for-rent function in San Antonio on Dec. eight in an try and “level the playing field” for previous and new transportation and know-how corporations.