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Kansas City, Mo. –Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed is sponsoring an ordinance to revise the City’s Taxi Code to protect residents from unauthorized taxi providers. The ordinance, No. R-2013-00341, will be introduced for first reading tomorrow and be forwarded to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for review and recommendation.
“Advances in smartphone technology allow for residents to quickly find taxi services through apps on their phones. We’ve received numerous reports of unauthorized taxi providers registering with these apps and responding to taxi requests. It’s important to this Council that our residents are not put at risk due to this advance in technology,” said Councilman Reed.
Currently, Kansas City requires legitimate taxi providers to have their vehicles inspected, fully insured and drivers certified. “Some apps, however, do not properly vet taxi cab providers to ensure they have the necessary permits to operate, which creates a serious public safety concern,” stated Reed. “It’s important for us to be proactive when it comes to protecting our residents. Our taxis operate under the public’s trust, so we must evolve our policies to keep up with technology and restore integrity in our Taxi Code and screening process.”
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Marcus Leach, Legislative Aide to Councilman Jermaine Reed, at 816-513-6513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.