GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- The City of Grants Pass is reminding people that ride-sharing companies are not approved to operate In Grants Pass currently.
This comes after the city received complaints of Uber and Lyft drivers operating in the area.
Earlier this month, Uber and Lyft began operations down in Medford.
Right now, the city says ride-sharing drivers can drop off passengers in Grants Pass, but they can’t pick up until some licensing changes are made.
Jay Meredith, Finance Director for the City of Grants Pass, says, “The city received a notice from Lyft the day they began operations, notifying the city they were operating here but they did not go through the licensing process the city has. And also, the city has received complaints from citizens that they were operating and they were not in compliance with the taxi code.”
The city says after both of these incidents they want to remind the public that the city has not yet licensed ride sharing companies or any drivers that have agreed to offer taxi services through these online companies.
The city says their licensing process for taxi cab companies is for public safety reasons.
Which is why ride sharing companies have to follow the same rules as taxi companies.
Jay Meredith, Finance Director for the City of Grants Pass, says, “Making sure the cars are in decent shape, making sure they have proper insurance on the cars, making sure they go through the proper background checks. It’s primarily for public safety purposes.”
The city says they have initiated conversations with both Uber and Lyft to talk about ride-sharing in Grants Pass.
The city says they may make changes to accommodate those ride-sharing companies.
At this point the companies or the drivers that offer taxi services in Grants Pass without the proper city taxi permit could be cited for a city municipal code violation.
The City Council will be having a workshop to talk about ride-sharing companies in Grants Pass January 2nd, 2018.