Seattle moves closer to lifting cap on rideshares

SEATTLE — Seattle has moved one step closer to lifting the cap on rideshare cars allowed to pick up passengers alongside traditional taxi companies.

On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted to repeal its previous rules governing companies like Uber and Lyft.

Next week, the council plans to vote on a compromise agreement between companies that use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers and Seattle’s more traditional taxi companies.

Included in the agreement is a plan to allow regular taxis to be dispatched by smartphone apps. It would also require rideshare companies and drivers to be licensed and meet insurance requirements.

The deal was brokered by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Councilmembers voted 6-to-3 to repeal the previous regulations.

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