EVERETT — The Everett City Council has approved new regulations for ride-share services.
The move got held up for months while the city considered objections from Uber and Lyft. The Jan. 31 vote was 6-0. The seventh councilmember had to leave the meeting early.
To operate in Everett, each company and each driver must have a city license. Those with criminal convictions involving violence, sex offenses, or driving under the influence are prohibited.
The amended language doesn’t require safety inspections for vehicles that have passed similar checks in King County. The city also removed the potential of jail time for drivers who violate the rules, while dialing back on how the companies must collect information about allegations.
The city declined to make a change requested by Uber regarding how many tickets the drivers can have on their records.
The ordinance goes into effect Feb. 15.