Uber Scoffs at Proposals for Friday’s Meeting

Those hoping that a Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) work session Friday will bring UberX to St. Louis are likely to be disappointed.

The MTC on Thursday published two potential code revisions it will consider Friday.

One proposal would still mandate fingerprint background checks for transportation network companies (TNC), which would include Uber. That’s the biggest point of disagreement between it and the taxi authority.

A second proposal, drafted by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slays office, would exempt TNC drivers from fingerprint checks, though it’s unclear whether commissioners would approve that; at a previous meeting, several indicated they would not, and no vote took place.

The proposed regulations again would allow cab or ridesharing companies to opt out of drug testing and create new insurance coverage thresholds. Regulations on background checks would also be relaxed, with the new proposals letting TNC companies use private companies to complete them.

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Source: STL Business Journal