The Idaho Senate Wednesday passed a bill setting statewide rules for companies like Uber and Lyft, which allow customers to hail rides using a smartphone app and present themselves as alternatives to traditional taxi networks. Having been through the House already, the bill next heads to Gov. Butch Otter to sign.
The legislation governing “transportation network companies” (TNCs) was prompted by Boise’s efforts to regulate Uber, which launched here in October. The Boise City Council had planned a public hearing on its ordinance Tuesday. But given this week’s legislative action, the council has shelved the matter, states a Friday press release from the city.
“Public safety remains the City of Boise’s top priority for its public transportation system,” the release states. “Moving forward, any complaints from Boise residents about TNCs operating in the city will be promptly forwarded to the State of Idaho and closely monitored for swift action by state regulators.”