Seattle City Council Approves New Ordinance!
Thank you Seattle! You have spoken and your representatives have listened.
Today, the Seattle City Council voted to embrace innovation, protect consumer choice, and support local entrepreneurs. The Council adopted historic regulations that create a home for ridesharing in Seattle and set the standard for cities across Washington State to follow.
From the beginning, Uber has required extensive driver background checks, vehicle inspections and best-in-class insurance coverage. Under the leadership of Mayor Murray and the City Council, the new regulations codify our responsibility to the riding public and our driver partners, while acknowledging the way in which innovation has changed the way people get around their city. The agreement underscores this commitment by:
- Requiring that transportation network companies and their driver partners will be licensed and required to meet specific insurance requirements.
- Committing that the City will work with the industry to clarify or change state insurance law to account for recent changes in the industry, similar to recent actions in Colorado.
- Removing caps on the number of transportation network company drivers.
Thanks to the strong leadership of Mayor Murray and City Councilmembers Bagshaw, Burgess, Rasmussen, and Clark – uberX is here to stay. They chose the people of Seattle and the city’s commitment to innovation over protecting outdated policies.
Today’s action was the result of extensive discussion, negotiation, and collaboration between legislators, taxi, and rideshare partners. With everyone at the table, we were able to agree upon regulations that opened the door for greater consumer choice and economic opportunities for thousands of Seattle residents. This is unprecedented—Seattle should be proud that it is leading the way.
Today, we are excited to announce that Uber will give $5.5M to support a new robotics faculty chair as well as three fellowships at CMU. This gift is part of a partnership we announced earlier this year. In addition, we’re pumped to be part of a growing innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh that includes world leading research institutions and companies, as well as an increasing number of start-ups.
A new report conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reveals that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making better choices that save lives.