Milwaukee Common Council lifts cap on taxi permits, allowing Uber and Lyft to operate in city
MILWAUKEE -- A new era for transportation in Milwaukee is set to begin.
The Milwaukee Common Council voted to end its limit of taxis allowed in the city.
Vote on taxicab ordinance changes was unanimous approval - 15-0 #MKECC— MKE Common Council (@MKE_CC) July 22, 2014
The Council voted Tuesday morning with unanimous approval, 15-0, to end its cap of 420 permits. The lift will allow smartphone and app-driven companies like Uber and Lyft to also operate in the city. Permits are now good for two years, not one. However, random inspections will now be mandatory
The ordinance will place guidelines on the ride sharing service drivers like background checks and vehicle inspections. Some of those drivers said are upset because they think sufficient and costs for permits will turn potential drivers away.
Ordinance passed, unfortunately. The cabbies got what they wanted. Thanks to all of those that helped us in the fight.— Lyft Milwaukee (@LyftMKE) July 22, 2014
If Mayor Tom Barrett signs the measure, the new ordinance will take effect September 1.
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