Mayor Murray released this statement today in response to City Council’s final vote on regulating Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as ridesharing services:
“I want to acknowledge the Council’s hard work on this very complicated issue, and I can certainly appreciate the Council’s need to act on a process that began well before I became Mayor.
To be clear: Had I been in office earlier than January, I would have sent my own recommendations to Council for integrating rideshare companies into our existing regulatory framework while also reforming that framework to ease undue burdens on taxis.
While I intend to sign the legislation approved by Council today, I do not believe it is either a complete solution or a long-term solution.
I remain concerned about the issue of insurance, which I believe is already too burdensome for taxis. I remain concerned about the need to level the regulatory playing field for taxis generally, which includes issues of training, fees, rates, use of technology and latitude for innovation. And I remain concerned about the issue of caps on rideshare vehicles, which I believe is unreasonably restrictive and unworkable in practice.
These issues remain unresolved, and we need to move quickly to fully and satisfactorily address them.
As Mayor, I will direct my staff and the Finance and Administrative Services Department Director to engage stakeholders and experts outside of City government in further discussions. Based on these discussions, I then plan to submit to Council my own recommendations to both ensure customer safety and improve customer choice while leveling the playing field for all industry players.”