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City council bill could drive Uber away from Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Uber has operated in Honolulu since August 2013, during which time they have completed over 1 million trips and connected nearly 4,000 individual drivers to the platform. They have reduced drunk driving, increased income opportunities for those interested in driving and modernized Honolulu by providing countless local residents and visitors with the convenient service they desire. 

The City Council is evaluating how to best regulate Uber.  Uber is currently dealing with Bill 85 in the Honolulu City Council.

Bill 85 is the most threatening proposal to Uber to date. It would change the definition of “taxi company” to include Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber, requiring drivers to use visible meters, install dome lights on the top of the cars and adhere to the pricing structure of taxi companies rather than their suggested in-app fares. Should Bill 85 pass, Uber will haven choice but to leave Honolulu entirely.

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