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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Birmingham City Council Reminding the Public To Submit Their Comments Regarding Updates to Proposed Transportation Code

Press Release                                                                           Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the Birmingham City Council looks to finalize plans regarding updates to the City’s transportation code, the public is encouraged get their comments in before the November 13th deadline. Those comments will be used as part of the discussion surrounding the code updates during the Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting that will take place on Tuesday, November 17th at 5 p.m in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The proposed code can be found on the homepage of the Council’s website at www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org. A comment section is located directly under the code.

“The proposed code is a combined effort of the Transportation Committee, the City of Birmingham’s Law Department, and the Birmingham Police Department,” said Transportation Chair Councilor Kim Rafferty. “This document was created out of many hours of work between these three entities who have worked together to address a number of flaws in the code and to include TNC (Transportation Network Company) type services in the code.”

In addition to the combined efforts between the above three entities, input has also been requested from the Birmingham Airport, as they regulate their own ground transportation options, surrounding jurisdictions as they will also have to adapt their regulations to ensure that there is a smooth and legal operation of old and new on-demand transportation across our municipal borders. Input has additionally be requested from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the Public Service Commission, and the Alabama Insurance Regulators, as they are also a part of regulating transportation company safety and insurance, both in respective jurisdictions as well as between non-contiguous jurisdictions.

“This is a complete rewrite to all sections of the code, including the horse-drawn carriage section, and we need to hear from as many stakeholders as possible,” Councilor Rafferty said. “This input will ensure that we have addressed or properly regulated all forms of motorized vehicle, pedicab, and horse transportation in the City of Birmingham, without compromising the regulatory integrity of other jurisdictions in which these companies and services may work in.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721–5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.