The Urban County Council again delayed action Monday, for at least another month, on regulations for popular ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber.
The Urban County Council was scheduled to hear the issue at Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting but opted to wait because state regulations regarding ride-sharing services are likely to be released by the end of this month. It's possible that the council will call a special meeting to address ride-sharing next month rather than wait until the December Public Safety Committee meeting.
Lawyers for the city have determined that Lyft and Uber, which use mobile apps to connect drivers and riders, should be regulated by the city's taxi cab ordinances. City lawyers have said that they want to wait until state regulations are released before the city tackles the thorny issue.
Taxi cab drivers say the services are operating unregulated and have an unfair commercial advantage because they don't have to pay the fees or follow the same regulations as taxi cabs. Lyft and Uber say they are not traditional cab operators; they don't own any cabs or employ drivers. They are a service that connects drivers and riders.