A law taking up the issue of two new cab companies in Madison was presented to the Madison Common Council Tuesday night.
Alderman Scott Resnick proposed a law that would make two new companies in Madison legal.
Uber and Lyft are currently operating illegally because they fail to comply with the rules of traditional taxi companies.
Resnick’s proposal would regulate the two companies, not as traditional cabs, but as transportation network companies.
“It requires drivers to receive a background check from the city of Madison just like any cab company would,” Resnick said. “It requires vehicles to be inspected. It requires that these companies prove that they’re not discriminating.”
However, many voiced their opposition to Uber and Lyft, including Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. He criticized the companies for only operating at times when there’s a potential to make a lot of money, which jeopardizes existing cab companies.