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Community shares input on potential rideshare program city code

On Monday night, people both for and against the changes got to speak up on the council's progress on changing the city code to make it more welcoming for rideshare companies as well as maintain community safety standards.

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 11:26 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2018 11:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene held a public hearing Monday night to hear from the community as the city continues to talk about whether to allow rideshare companies within city limits.

On Monday night, people both for and against the changes got to speak up on the council's progress on changing the city code to make it more welcoming for rideshare companies as well as maintain community safety standards.

Rideshare companies have been pushing for updates on things like insurance, background checks, and vehicle safety standards.

The city is now proposing that each rideshare company have a special license from the city, along with requiring each driver to have a driver certification card issued by the city and a criminal background check done by the companies.

Although Harris Hall was packed Monday night, only a couple of people spoke during the proposed rideshare city code public hearing.

One of the people who spoke was Jay Mayernik, the General Manager of Oregon Taxi. He believes the proposed background check wasn't enough.

"One doesn't have to look far to find jarring and often tragic examples demonstrating the inadequacy of Uber background checks process,” Mayernik said. “These examples are not anecdotal, they are widespread. As such, it is critical that the City of Eugene continues to conduct their own background checks on all vehicle-for-hire drivers prior to that driving being given a certification card."

Although Mayernik thought the council needs to do more.

One Eugene resident is appreciative of the progress the city has made

"It's written very fairly for both taxicab companies and the TNC's and to address some of the issues already brought up I think the background checks will be sufficient."


The city also plans to add a per-trip fee. Staff with the city said the purpose of the fee is to cover administrative costs and to hopefully increase the availability of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The council is scheduled to take action on the draft code on April 23rd.

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