Full City Council Takes First Swing at Transportation-for-Hire Ordinance

Many Lyft cars can be identified by their pink mustaches.

Back from its July recess, a divided Dallas City Council took up work again on a package of regulations for cabs and ride-sharing services that aims to bring the city up to date with the changing transportation landscape. Wednesday's hearing was one more step toward a final vote on the new rules, intended to take place in September, barring any roadblocks.

Meet the roadblocks: council members Dwaine Caraway and Tennell Atkins. Atkins said he was worried that the tougher car inspection requirements proposed by the ordinance would lead to worse transportation-for-hire cars being on the road, while Caraway provided an unconfirmed anecdote about a slow Uber pickup and regaled the room with tales of his Uncle Johnny's limo-driving career. Caraway also took the opportunity to complain that none of the 30-plus D-Link buses currently in operation make the trip to South Dallas. That's likely, since the buses are on a fixed route that serves Dallas' centrally located entertainment districts.

Philip Kingston offered a clearer set of concerns. He's worried that the regulations are too tailored to the services that exist now and will limit coming breakthroughs from new ride-sharing services.

Mayor Mike Rawlings seemed to support the proposed ordinance, stressing that the city needed to respond to innovations to keep up.

"The marketplace is changing, not only in transportation," he said. "We've got to be in a place where we let the market speak to us."

Under the proposed ordinance, all of the services would be treated the same. Car requirements -- which would change from an age-based model to an inspection-based model -- would be the same. Rate caps would be the same for all services as would most pickup-area requirements. Any transportation-for-hire vehicle that has a motor would be required to pick up any person within the Dallas city limits. Drivers could use a single license across multiple services and would all be subject to the same background, driving record and drug checks.

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The briefing marks the culmination of a process that began when a package of regulations that would have essentially outlawed Lyft and Uber was placed on the council's consent agenda last August. Council members Kingston and Scott Griggs noticed the item and succeeded in launching an investigation into how the regulations -- which Yellow Cab helped draft -- made their way onto the consent agenda and why Dallas vice cops had been writing Uber drivers tickets.

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Follow the money. I wonder which taxi company owners donate to the council members.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Seriously, what is the difference in functionality between calling a telephone number to have transportation dispatched to my location versus entering data into a computing or communications device to have transportation dispatched to my location?

Over the past 25 years, there seems to be this attitude that existing rules do not apply to anything over the internet.

I was browsing a news feed and wanted to read an article.  Before I could read the article, I had to agree to provide my fb friends list, my email contacts and my address book contents.  Take a hike, pal.

If we went to a brick and mortar store, what would our response be if before we could purchase anything, we had to provide the same information and have to carry around a monitor that would allow the store to monitor our other purchases?


With the council working on transportation issues, it's only a matter of time before we're all riding horses to work. I can only imagine the erections that would cause among the New York Times travel writers.  

RTGolden1 topcommenter

"That's likely, since the buses are on a fixed route that serves Dallas' centrally located entertainment districts."

Should read: "....since the buses are on a fixed route that serves uptown, downtown and Bishop Arts, with service to Southside and Cedars after 6pm on certain nights."

D-Link seems to be a way to get uptown and downtown dwellers to and from Bishop Arts, I guess so they can say they participate in all their hollow calls to action without actually having to mix it up with any people who aren't 'just like them'.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@RTGolden1 Im a downtown worker, up by the Art District and we take Dlink often, because it's free and goes where we want for lunch whether it be some place on main or farther in Bishop Arts.  I happen to like Dlink but it makes me wonder how much revenue are they losing by running free buses on a route that use to have pay faring customers?


"...uptown, downtown and Bishop Arts, with service to Southside and Cedars after 6pm on certain nights."

Also known as "centrally located entertainment districts." Not sure what your point is, other than a random opportunity to sneer at "hipsters."


@RTGolden1 Cannot wait for D-Link service to Red Bird Mall, a must-see for tourists wanting to dodge bullets like they're in a Die Hard movie.

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