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The Dallas City Council voted Tuesday to let ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft start operating from the same Dallas bus stop in 2018.
It’s the first time ride-sharing companies have started in the city.
“We’re pleased to provide the Council with more clarity regarding how the city plans to regulate the growth of ride-share companies and their business model,” Lyft spokeswoman Kelly Loeffler said in a statement.
“We’re confident this decision will help ensure that the ridesharing industry remains a safe, regulated alternative to the traditional car-centric business model.
We look forward to partnering with the Dallas City Department of Transportation on the next phase of the program.”
The City Council vote was the first step toward a broader statewide effort to regulate ride-service companies, which critics have said could threaten safety and consumer protections.
In September, Texas regulators approved a regulation that prohibits ride-booking apps from offering more than three trips in a 24-hour period.
Dallas, which has a population of about 8.7 million people, has a combined population of more than 2 million.
The council voted 5-2 to allow the companies to operate within city limits.
The council also approved legislation that would allow ride-hire companies to be licensed as taxi operators.
Council members said they were inspired to take action after the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission proposed a ban on ride-shares earlier this year.
The bill did not get a vote in the full council.
The vote Tuesday marked the first vote on the ordinance, which would require ride-services to have at least one licensed driver and a fleet of at least 10 vehicles.
Dallas will not have to enforce the ban, which applies only to licensed drivers, as long as drivers meet the other requirements, including being trained and possessing insurance.
Council member John Whitmire, a Republican, said the council should be moving toward regulating ride-and-ride companies.
“I think this is an important step in the right direction,” Whitmire said.
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The city’s taxi commission said it had not seen evidence that ride-cab drivers were involved in the crimes.