EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene is one step closer to getting rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft in town after the City Council amended its transportation code. But some taxi companies in Eugene are skeptical if the new changes are good for the city.
City staff said each rideshare company will have a special license from the city, and they are requiring each driver to have a driver certification card issued by the city, along with a criminal background check done by their company. The companies will also pay a per ride fee.
KEZI spoke with David Bowden who is one of the owners of Eugene Hybrid Taxi Cabs. He said he is not thrilled with the potential of rideshares coming back to town, but said if they do come back, he hopes that they'll follow the new city regulations.
“It seems to me what they're doing is watering down the safety of the people that live in Eugene. They're watering down the regulations to make it easier for a company to come in and run the business they want to run it, instead of the way the city wants it run," said Bowden.
Bowden said he is not worried about the rideshare companies negatively impacting his business, but said other taxi companies in Eugene tell him they are concerned they might be run out of business when they come to town.
Staff with the city said people could expect rideshare companies (like Uber and Lyft) to hit the streets as early as this June.