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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

March 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Vote delayed on driver caps for Lyft, uberX, Sidecar

The Seattle City Council’s highly anticipated vote on whether to cap active drivers for Lyft, uberX and Sidecar has been delayed a week.

The Council was expected to vote this Monday on a proposal that would limit how many drivers the companies, which rely on smart-phone apps for dispatching, could have on the road at one time, but it will happen the next Monday instead. City Council spokeswoman Dana Robinson Slote said the meeting had to be rescheduled because council member Nick Licata will be out of town.

The proposal the full council voted on in last week’s taxi committee would limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at one time. So, combined, the companies could have only 450 drivers in service at one time.

Council members have said they’ve been making their best guesses as to how many active drivers each company needs to have because, until today, none of the ride services had told the city how many drivers they have.

Today, uberX announced that in Seattle it has about 900 drivers who pick up people in their own cars, more than all Seattle-licensed taxis combined. For at least the last 23 years, Seattle has had less than 700 taxis serving the city because it hasn’t increased the number of taxi licenses during that time.

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