Taxi companies have mobilized against a proposal to allow ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to do business in Medford.
“They’re always doing things on the edge of legality,” said James Cox, owner of Southern Oregon All Star Taxi Inc.
Cox and other taxi companies, who met Monday, cite scandals that have rocked Uber recently, including sexual harassment claims, inadequate background checks, the CEO stepping down and allegations the company skirted regulations in Portland.
At noon Thursday, Medford City Council will hold a study session to discuss a recommendation from the city attorney to allow transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft in the city.
Kevin McConnell, deputy city attorney, offered a proposed ordinance that would do away with the city conducting time-consuming background checks on drivers and, instead, put the burden for the background checks on the companies.An Uber representative told the city it wouldn’t do business here if the city wanted to continue with its own background checks.Also, city taxi licenses for drivers would no longer be required if the city didn’t perform the background checks, according to McConnell’s analysis, which will be presented Thursday to the council, which could vote on the issue later […]