Uber, Lyft Now Legal in Houston After Council Vote

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Now all new and legal!
A friend who is coming over for dinner this weekend included the phrase in a response e-mail, "Uber!" Another responded that he recently used Uber and got a date...with the driver. Such positive experience from an essentially outlawed form of transportation until now. On Wednesday, City Council voted 10-5 to allow car services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Houston. It took five hours of deliberation over a series of amendments, but they did finally get it passed.

Amendments that made it through included some protections for citizens with disabilities including requiring five percent of fleets must be wheelchair-accessible within three years. Companies must provide equal access or face suspension of licenses. Key insurance provisions were also included requiring insurance on passengers from beginning to end of trips. There had been some concern over insurance for passengers of Uber and Lyft.

Finally, additional measures must be put in place to insure personal information is not passed between rider and driver. This passed, but was not without dissent. Given the fact that some drivers may want to communicate with passengers later (see my friend and his date), this does seem a bit over the top. It's one thing to scramble information via technology -- something Uber and Lyft both do -- but if someone is going to write his/her name down on a piece of paper, who are we to tell them no?

Setting that aside, it's a new dawn for car services in Houston. Everyone I have spoken to have given rave reviews of their experiences with Uber and Lyft. Now, those services can carry passengers legally.

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14 comments
Cody Ford
Cody Ford

Gonna start a new service to give rides to chubby chicks and call it "Tommy Lyft." Right on!

Jeremy Vorheier Molinas
Jeremy Vorheier Molinas

Too bad if you get in an at fault car accident while driving for these companies no insurance company will cover you without a comercial vehicle policy...

Jason Moseley
Jason Moseley

Maybe if the yellow cab drivers didn't rip everyone off so much, this wouldn't be so scary for them. Maybe they will actually drive the posted speed limit and take the shortest routes...... Probably not :-)

Jason Deere
Jason Deere

Absolutely, in any free market businesses should not be restricted from entering said market and competing. Yellow Cab is just another in a long line of monopolies that whines when their barriers (that they themselves creayed) come tumbling down. Bottom line is this is a win for Houston consumers.

johnnyboy729
johnnyboy729

Use Uber code t277f for your first ride free!

lizmillerxc
lizmillerxc

Friends! http://www.lyftvsuber.com/ compares the two most popular ride-sharing services. $30, $25 of FREE ride credit for new passengers and up to a $500 sign-up BONUS for new drivers!! Drivers can make as much as $40/hr! Hope you can see what all the hype is about :) Thanks!!

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