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City Council Approves Easing of Regulations for Taxis and Ride Sharing Service Companies

KVIA has reported El Paso City Council unanimously voted to ease current regulations and fees for taxis and companies such as Uber currently operating in the city.

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The Transportation for Hire Ordinance was amended and will result in the elimination of 26 different fees that equate to an approximately 95 percent drop. Additionally, local taxicab companies will no longer be mandated to fingerprint their drivers, require a medical certification or carry two-way radios.

While the ordinance is applicable to traditional taxis and ride sharing services, the story points out that the decrease of most fees has not necessarily been met with joy by taxicab company owners and is instead seen as acquiescing to Uber’s threats to quit providing services in El Paso if forced to operate under the previous Transportation for Hire Ordinance.

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