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Portland has unveiled new rules that would allow ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to continue operating permanently.
City commissioner Steve Novick unveiled the rules on Thursday. They’re scheduled to go before the city council on Nov. 5.
The Oregonian reports that annual tax ipermit fees would be replaced with a surcharge of 40 to 50 cents on each ride. Novick adviser Bryan Hockaday says the surcharge would avoid pricing out small companies that can’t afford an upfront fee.
The proposed rules also would require companies to provide wheelchair-accessible service around the clock. The current rule requires 10 percent of a transportation fleet to be accessible, but those vehicles aren’t necessarily on the road at any particular time.