Commission Considers Ordinance Change for Transportation Companies
The Pierre City Commission is considering changes to the City’s licensing practices for transportation companies.
Suggested amendments to Pierre City Ordinance Chapter 10, Article 12 would require taxi, bus and transportation network companies, like Lyft and Uber, to have a business license, proof of insurance, and vehicle inspections.
“The goal is to modernize our current ordinance,” said Twila Hight, City Finance Director. “The transportation industry has changed. We’re asking to rewrite ordinance to help keep our traveling public safe.”
Under the recommended changes, impacted companies would be required to annually pay a $150 business license fee, provide proof of insurance, and maintain proper records of vehicle inspections and operators.
Hight said the recommended ordinance changes also include making sure vehicles used by transportation companies are clearly labeled and that the drivers have appropriate company identification.
“The ordinance changes can help legitimize transportation companies in the public eye,” said Hight.
The Commission will hear the second and final reading of the proposed changes on Jan. 2.