Duluth’s Ride Sharing Ordinance in Final Stages

DULUTH, Minn. –

A Duluth City Council member says ride sharing services, like Uber and Lyft could be operating in Duluth as little as six weeks.

City Council Member at large Noah Hobbs confirmed for us today that Lyft says they’re hiring drivers now in Duluth.

The city ordinance that would allow them to operate is in the final stages is expected to come up for its first reading and vote at city council in just a few weeks.

Hobbs says one major aspect of this ordinance is that drivers would have high amount insurance, and

“As the language reads, the chief of police would sign off on the inspection that ride shares would have, similar to what cab companies have,” said Hobbs.

Hobbs says he’s confident the ordinance will pass a vote by the Duluth city council, as the ordinance has been tailored around the concerns of other council members.

If it passes the service could be available 30 days later.

Uber did not respond to FOX 21’s request for comment. Lyft said they didn’t have any plans to share but were “hopeful to  be able to bring Lyft to Duluth in the future.”

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