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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Makes a Persistent Push to Resolve TNCs Issues

PRESS RELEASE                                                                     Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

 Uber Now Available in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin has made another defining move in his role of leadership on the City Council. After passing an ordinance three weeks ago that would allow Transportation Network Companies to operate in the City of Birmingham, President Austin has been persistent in making sure that the remaining steps needed were completed to bring companies like Uber and Lyft to the city.

Today during an extended Council Meeting, City Councilors met to resolve the issues surrounding business licenses and permitting that were prohibiting TNCs from operating in Birmingham. With an 8-0 vote, Councilors passed amended codes that will resolve these issues, resulting in Uber moving forward with onboarding drivers and offering employment oppotunities throughout the city.

“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to make this a reality, as we look to provide enhanced transportation options for both residents and visitors alike” President Austin said. “This Council has been committed to shifting the paradigm and today’s actions are another example of our commitment to ensure Birmingham is moving in the right direction.”

Uber officials present at today’s meeting say the Uber phone app can be up and running in Birmingham within a matter of hours.

“We thank the Council and in particular Council President Austin for his leadership in creating a permanent home for ridesharing in Birmingham,” Trevor Theunissen, Uber Public Policy Manger for the Southeast. “We are very much looking forward to operating in the Magic City.”

Following today’s vote drivers can begin applying for a business license as early as next Monday. For more information on Uber or the services they provide you can download the app.

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