The rules require them to meet to meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi companies. They also limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at a time, collectively capping them at 450.
Uber, Lyft and similar ventures use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers utilizing their personal vehicles. They say the regulations would be a huge hit.
The Seattle Times reported that Uber and Lyft have each contributed more than $200,000 to a signature gathering effort coordinated by a group called Keep Seattle’s Ride Options. They hope to turn in at least 16,510 signatures this week to keep the rules from taking effect and to require a public vote later this year.
The City Attorney’s Office says it’s not clear whether the rules can even be subject to a referendum.
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