LUBBOCK,TX— At the end of June, Uber, an app-based taxi service in Lubbock and other cities, was told by the City Secretary’s office that it was not complying with city ordinances. City officials said Monday that Uber is still not complying.
Thomas Harris, the Assistant City Secretary, met with Uber representatives in June, and Monday he told EverythingLubbock.com that little had changed.
Assistant City Secretary Harris said Uber drivers have failed to have commercial insurance policies and operators’ permits. Harris also said taxis in Lubbock are required to have two-way communications with a dispatch office and taximeters.
Lubbock Police Sgt. Jason Lewis said that Uber's service could benefit the city by keeping drunk drivers off the streets, but says they need to comply with local rules to continue operating.
It helps our citizens." He said. "So we want that (Uber), but we have to make them accountable. So if we have to start issuing citations then we will... We just want them to get the permits and know who's driving so we know if something happens, we know where to go looking."
According to the City Code of Ordinances, anyone in violation can be guilty of “a misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by a fine…not less than twenty-five dollars or more than five hundred dollars.”
Sgt. Lewis said they are attempting to give Uber a reasonable amount of time to comply, but that they are keeping an eye on the service and will start citing them later this year.
"If they're operating and actively picking people up at this point," he said,"then even now we're - we're investigating it...and hopefully they'll have the permits. But yes... It will be before the fall that we'll be ya know...addressing it just because we can't wait long."