ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Saturday the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released a statement saying the commission is moving forward in updating the MTC code to better serve Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber.
Over the last year the MTC has locked in battle to license companies like Lyft and Uber in the St. Louis area. Today the MTC said it will have a new code draft ready by its July 29th meeting of a vote.
The draft is expected to include:
- New rule to make it easier for Transportation Network Companies to obtain operating permits immediately
- Streamline driver application process for approval and permitting
- Grant provisional licenses for Transportation Network Companies until the state mandated background checks issue is resolved
- Establishment of drug testing protocols for Transportation Network Companies
- And the ability of taxicab owners and drivers to accept riders and fares on a TNC platform
- Uber has presented the MTC with a list of 15 legislative principles that should resolve 14 of the issues facing the commission on approving Transportation Network Companies.
As for streamlining the driver application process, Transportation Network Companies have come up with the following proposals:
- TNC companies will be able to electronically submit to the Commission all necessary materials required to approve a driver, including the TNC’s own background check
- TNC driver applicants need only come to the Commission to verify their identity and receive their provisional driving permit
- Applicants who have filled out all of their paperwork with TNC companies will not be required to fill out any further paperwork and can start driving immediately
It expected new code will be released on Monday, July 27th on the MTC’s blog.