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 They chose the people of Seattle and the city’s commitment to innovation over protecting outdated policies.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.
We have developed a new pilot program – Xchange Leasing – which is a leasing option administered by an Uber subsidiary and designed to fit with the flexibility that drivers value most. The Xchange lease is one of a kind, and offers value that traditional auto leases do not provide. Unlike most multi-year leases that have high fees for early termination, drivers who participate in Xchange for at least 30 days will be able to return the car with only two weeks notice, and limited additional costs. The program allows for unlimited mileage and the option to lease a used car, with routine maintenance also included.
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.
New technologies are creating opportunities no one could have imagined. To understand Uber’s place in that trend, we commissioned a survey of our driver-partners and put together a comprehensive analysis.