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THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE TWO CAB COMPANIES,
UBER AND LYFT, MAY SOON BE CLEARING UP.
BOTH COMPANIES HAVE BEEN OPERATING ILLEGALLY, BECAUSE
THEY FAIL TO COMPLY WITH
CITY RULES IN PLACE FOR TRADITIONAL
TAXI CAB COMPANIES.
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ALDERMAN SCOTT RESNICK INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE THIS
SPRING THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO WORK LEGALLY AND
NOW MAYOR PAUL SOGLIN SEEMS TO BE FOLLOWING SUIT.
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID JOINS US WITH MORE.
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CITIES LIKE MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO AND MINNEAPOLIS HAVE
ALL LEGALIZED OPERATIONS FOR UBER AND LYFT.
AND SOON, MADISON COULD BE ADDED TO THAT LIST.
*IF* THE COMPANIES ARE WILLING TO PLAY BY THE MAYOR'S
For the first time since Uber and Lyft showed up on
Madison streets, Mayor Paul Soglin is offering the
same options to operate legally.
What's primary in terms of concern is public safety,
protection of consumers and protection of fulltime
Soglin announced a proposal Friday that would allow
Uber and Lyft to act as taxi cabs in the city, provided
they follow some ground rules.
Those include requiring the services to open a Madison
office, and operate 24/7.
If we don't require, we are going to see taxi cab
companies, TNCs, only providing service during prime
The proposal follows a similar ordinance introduced
by Alderman and mayoral candidate Scott Resnick this
His law would require Uber and Lyft to operate around
the clock over time, not immediately.
We want to make sure the public has companies committed
to serving them all the time in every neighborhood.
Mayor Soglin will introduce his proposal to Motor
Vehicle and Pedestrian Committee in the coming weeks
before it's taken to the full City Council.
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WE REACHED OUT TO BOTH UBER AND LYFT FOR COMMENT THIS
THE ORDINANCE WAS CRAFTED WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM THE
RIDESHARING COMMUNITY" .
AND, "THE REGULATIONS DO *NOT* INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY
OR CONSUMER CHOICE.
MAYOR SOGLIN SAYS HIS PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH CITY COUNCIL
BY OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER.
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