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Task Force Makes Recommendations For Houston’s Uber Ordinance

It comes a year after the City Council passed an ordinance to regulate ride-share companies.

Toby Cole (left) addresses a city council committee
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A task force looking into improvements to the city of Houston's ordinance regulating vehicles for hire, including Uber and other ride-share companies, made recommendations to a city council committee Tuesday.

A key proposal is to adjust the requirement that 3 percent of a transportation company's fleet provide wheelchair access.

Toby Cole, who chaired the Transportation Accessibility Task Force, said that number should apply to companies with 20 or more vehicles.

"For fleet with two to 19 vehicles, during the 2017 year, they would be required to have one WAV vehicle – which would be a wheelchair accessible vehicle," Cole said. "And single operators after 2018, when they brought their next car on service, would be required to have one WAV vehicle."

Alternatively, companies could opt to contract with drivers of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The City Council is expected to vote on the recommendations next month.

The task force consists of representatives from the taxi and limousine industry, ride-share companies and the disabilities community.