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July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

City Council to take up new ride-service compromise

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday to repeal its ride-service ordinance passed earlier this year that put a cap on the number of cars accessible via smartphone apps at any one time.

The following week, the council will consider a proposed compromise developed by Mayor Ed Murray and a group of rideshare companies, taxi companies and other for-hire drivers, according to City Council staff.

The council in March passed an ordinance that limits the number of cars accessible through smartphone apps such as Lyft, uberX and Sidecar to 150 at any time per company.

In April, supporters of the companies submitted a petition with more than 36,000 signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot that would block the new regulations.

Under the deal negotiated by the companies and Murray’s office, ride-service providers wouldn’t be limited to 150 drivers and for-hire drivers would be given hailing rights, allowing them to better compete. The city would also issue 200 new taxi licenses over the next four years.

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