Everett City Council Unanimously Approves Ordinance Covering Ride Shares

January 31, 2018

Everett Government

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The two year attempt to get a ride-sharing ordinance is finally done.

Tonight the Everett City Council unanimously approved an ordinance more than two years in the making covering regulations designed to level the playing field between taxis and transportation network companies like Lyft and Uber.

Back in June of last year the city council passed an ordinance which contained items that both of those companies objected to and on Labor Day weekend both stopped service in Everett. In September the city administration wrote to both companies and asked them what it was they wanted. The city also put its ordinance on hold while they waited to hear back.

Earlier this month the city amended the ordinance including removing criminal penalties against drivers and converting those to civil infractions, eliminating the vehicle inspection requirement in Everett if the vehicle used has passed inspection in King County and lessening requirements for investigations and assurances by the companies over issues with their driver’s vehicle recalls and compliance with zero-tolerance policies. The ordinance also applies only to transporting people and not package or food delivery. Tonight was the third and final reading and vote by the council. Here is the new ordinance in full.



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