Ride-sharing a step closer in Anchorage

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 9:16 PM AKDT
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Anchorage is a step closer to allowing ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city.

The Anchorage Assembly voted 7 to 3 Tuesday to establish the rules to regulate the industry, if it ever arrives. That is contingent upon the Alaska legislature reclassifying the drivers of the private cars available for rent as independent contractors. That change is currently being proposed under Senate Bill 14.

At Tuesday’s assembly meeting, 20 amendments were considered before the final vote. Fingerprinting will be required for drivers in addition to background checks and annual inspections will be required for vehicles.

A $500 annual fee for drivers failed in a 4 to 6 vote.