FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2016
The City is asking for public feedback on suggested changes to the Safe Ride ordinance that regulates Transportation Network Companies. Simply visit the city’s virtual town hall, www.kcmomentum.org, to read details of the proposed changes and provide your input.
This discussion is intended to improve public safety while encouraging the technology and innovation of the sharing economy and use of smart phone apps to find transportation options.
“We have developed several proposals that will act as a catalyst for the public to provide feedback,” said Jim Ready, Regulated Industries Manager. “We hope residents who have used ride share providers will provide additional input, as well as residents who may not have used these services.”
This discussion is underway now because the original ordinance included a provision calling for a review after one year of experience with the new ordinance.
The suggested changes include:
- Standardized background checks for drivers
- Close a loophole to ensure drivers complete the permitting process within the 30-day trial period
- Require insurance to cover any trip with a permitted driver; including illegal trips take off the app
- Implement a 30-day temporary driver certificate to allow customers, police and regulators to ensure the driver has started the permitting process
Residents are encouraged to provide input on proposed changes to the City’s Safe Ride ordinance July 18 – Aug. 17 at www.kcmomentum.org, or by emailing Jim Ready, Regulated Industries Manager, at email@example.com.
After this one-month public comment period, staff will review comments and a revised ordinance will go to the City Council this fall, followed by additional public hearings.
For more information or media interviews, please contact Jim Ready at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-4587.