Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked the City Council for its vote Monday to exempt ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft from the City's taxicab ordinance.
"This action resolves any questions over the legality of these services in Lincoln," Beutler said. "Uber and Lyft are being widely used in our City, and I am pleased the public will continue to have this transportation option. The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) requires the companies to conduct background checks on drivers, and no problems have been reported in Lincoln. It's also important to recognize the important role these services are playing in providing inexpensive and convenient rides home for those who have been drinking."
In 2015, the State Legislature passed a bill providing for the legal operation of ridesharing services, called Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). A TNC is required to obtain a permit from the PSC and pay an annual fee. Individual drivers do not have to receive PSC permission if they work for a permitted TNC. The bill also gives the PSC the authority to conduct audits of TNC records.
The exemption was necessary because the City Attorney's Office had determined that TNC drivers were considered taxicab drivers under the City Code. Mayor Beutler again thanked City Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird and former City Council member Trent Fellers for their work to exempt the ride-sharing companies from the taxicab ordinance.