Cincinnati Council committee delays vote on ridesharing regulations

Sep 30, 2014

Some Cincinnati council members are still debating proposed city regulations for ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.  

The Major Transportation committee Tuesday delayed a vote on such an ordinance.  

Vice Mayor David Mann said he has concerns with pages-long terms and conditions for each service.  He does not like limits on negligence liability and waiving the right to a jury trial to settle any claims.

“That’s the reason that I think your terms notwithstanding, that our ordinances should require you as a condition of licensing to agree that with respect to a passenger who’s the victim under those circumstances, you will not seek to enforce those provisions,” Mann said.  “The other provision that I want to ask you not to seek to enforce is the provision that says any dispute is subject to arbitration.”

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld said the group cannot lose sight of its goal.

“Our objective is establishing a set of legal parameters,” Sittenfeld said.  “And a policy framework so that we feel comfortable that you know the basics of what cities do for their citizens are in place…safety, insurance, etc.  Not to mention a product which our constituents have let us know they care about.”

The committee has been discussing the issue from several months after complaints from taxi operators that the riding sharing services don't have any guidelines.  

The committee is now scheduled to discuss regulations and take a vote on an ordinance in two weeks.