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Birmingham City Council Committed to Improving Transportation Options That Will Keep Citizens Safe

PRESS RELEASE Monday, July 21, 2014
Contact: Brittany Sharp
Phone: 205-254-2036
brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- As new transportation options become available, the Birmingham City Council is committed to increasing those services for citizens. A vote will take place during tomorrow’s council meeting that will improve rules for taxicab drivers, with the goal of keeping citizens safe when using taxicab services. One of proposed amendments as a part of this vote includes allowing provisions for ride sharing, which is the business model for the well-known transportation service, Uber. City Councilors want to make sure that Uber, along with any other transportation service comply with the rules in order to protect citizens.

“As a council we are committed to expanding transportation options for our citizens, but not at the cost of their safety,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “We would love to see Uber in our city, but what we don’t want is UberX, which is a model that doesn’t include the same qualifications that we feel are needed for drivers who will be shuttling citizens around our city.”

Councilor Kimberly Rafferty, chair of the Transportation Committee agrees with her colleague, citing that new regulations are needed in order for Uber to work in our city.

“We want to ensure any transportation business that is conducted in our city that impacts our citizens and takes our money, is qualified and safe,” Councilor Rafferty said. “To do this, we are inserting language that these companies be compliant with state code and city code.

The council will take up the vote during Tuesday’s council meeting. The proposed amendment is the first item on the agenda.

For more information please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205-254-2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.