EUGENE, Ore. — Changes could be coming to the city of Eugene’s transportation code to allow rideshare app Uber to continue operating within city limits.
The city of Eugene is holding a public hearing on Tuesday to get input from residents about taxi companies and whether changes should be made to the city code, allowing companies like Uber to operate within the city.
Uber faces about $118,000 in fines for operating without a business license. But, Uber drivers say they’re not a business, but actually self-employed because they drive their own cars.
Those drivers are trying to rally their riders, mostly college students, to come to the city council meeting and give their input. One driver says he has a taxi license and used to drive cabs in Eugene, but for him, Uber is more profitable.
“I actually make money. When I was in the cab business I was losing money. You know, I worked twelve hour shifts four to five days a week and I’d make $200 a week. That’s not wages,” said Steve Sutherlandgray, Uber driver.
The city is sending out notices to Uber drivers, letting them know they’re in violation of city code and to get in compliance before the city starts penalizing drivers.
The city council will hear public input on possible updates they can make to the city code to recognize transportation technology changes, while also making sure customers are safe.