BEND, OR -- Ride-sharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, will not be allowed to operate in Bend, just yet. City Councilors were poised, this week, to approve code changes that would have cleared the way for the taxi-alternative, but they stopped short.
"I'm very sensitive to an issue that [Councilor Sally Russell] raised, from the perspective of the customer, knowing if they're just getting into a stranger's car or if they're actually getting into a car they hired. I think there should be similar labeling requirements for taxis and TNCs." A TNC is a Transportation Network Company; that's an agency like Uber or Lyft that connects passengers with drivers.
There are also questions about how codes would impact operators of other transit methods like horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs. City Manager Eric King says there are a few other areas to address before changes can be approved. "So just to make sure that we're all square: Background checks; making it more clear on the different modes with the theme of kind of reducing those regulations; and toning down the data for the management being a little more focused there." Council plans to revisit the issue next month.