Huntsville moves closer allowing Uber, Lyft

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Huntsville is moving closer to allowing companies such as Uber and Lyft to do business in the city after an ordinance to amend a chapter in vehicles for hire was introduced to city council.

Multiple news outlets report the ordinance was introduced at a meeting Thursday. The proposed changes to the city’s vehicle for hire ordinance come after Mayor Tommy Battle asked the city’s public transit, legal and police departments to look at regulations transportation network companies face entering the Huntsville market.

A spokesman said the proposed changes will make it easier for companies to meet licensing and permitting requirements. That includes a $5,000 per year license instead of a per vehicle license, eliminating the previously required chauffeur’s license and allowing companies to conduct their own background checks and vehicle inspections.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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