Everett To Even Regulations On All For-Hire Companies

January 22, 2017

Everett Government


Everett is working to level the playing field on for-hire services.

On Wednesday the Everett City Council will get a first look at proposed regulations covering for-hire transportation companies operating in the city limits. Right now taxi companies operating in Everett have multiple regulations while Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft have little to no city regulation.

With the increasing use of TNCs in Everett the city has been working for nearly a year to come up with rules to level the playing field and put the burden of compliance and regulation onto the companies providing the service.

Vehicle safety, driver training, background checks of drivers and insurance requirements are all addressed in the proposed rules.

The City Council Public Safety Committee held multiple meetings on the rules and now the entire city council will consider them with a public hearing and vote scheduled for February 8th.

Some of the requirements to be a driver of either a taxi or TNC company in Everett include:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have been a licensed driver within the United States for at least the prior 12 months
  • Have an Everett business license
  • Not be a registered sex offender

Some of the requirements for companies to operate a taxi service or TNC in Everett include:

  • Obtain a background check on each driver going back at least seven years
  • Implement a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of drugs or alcohol while working
  • Have a valid and current for-hire license to operate within the Everett city limits
  • The vehicle in use must have four doors with two opening directly to passenger seating

Click here to see the full list of rules and regulations being presented to the Everett City Council for consideration.

Again the first briefing will be held this Wednesday January 25th at 12:30 PM in the Everett City Council Chambers at 3002 Wetmore. The public hearing and vote will be at a night meeting on February 8th.


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