Ashland approves ride-sharing companies

ASHLAND, Ore. — UPDATE 02/05/19 – Tuesday evening, Ashland city councilors voted to approve the second reading of the ordinance on a 4-2 vote.

This approval allows ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to come to the city of Ashland. The second reading of the ordinance included the changes of the restrictions both companies disliked, vehicle inspections and mandatory wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

“I do think that this is what the citizens wanted in terms of access to the ability to get around,” Ashland city councilor, Julie Akins, said.

ORIGINAL POST -01/15/19-

Ashland City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that could bring ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to the city Tuesday.

In the first proposed ordinance were two requirements that the ride-sharing companies didn’t love, vehicle inspections and mandatory wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Tuesday night, city council approved the first step in an ordinance that would remove those requirements.

Uber has said they will not provide services in Ashland if those two provisions remain. Lyft has said while they don’t like them, they may offer services in Ashland in the spring or summer.

The city says it’s unknown at this time if the council does make the changes if Uber or Lyft will decide to operate in Ashland.

The second hearing will be on February 5th.

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