Time for Uber and Lyft in the Tri-Cities! Contact the council members (email addresses listed below). See Article and/or complete survey.

 

It’s long past due that the Pasco city council get with the program and do what is necessary to allow Uber to operate in the city and our area.

 

Just because taxi drivers are required to be fingerprinted shouldn’t mean that Uber or Lyft drivers should have to be fingerprinted. In fact, one bad idea or law shouldn't be repeated solely because it exists for others. It is not logical to require the fingerprints for taxi cab drivers or Uber/Lyft drivers if you compare it to WA state requirements for truck drivers (fingerprints are only required for hazardous material drivers).

 

The council members who think fingerprints are necessary should provide a better basis or justification for such a need or drop their objection and get on with it. Permit these valuable and affordable services to get rolling like they do in Las Vegas, Seattle and all over the country with great success. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for their constituents to earn some extra money around a flexible schedule. Their positions are examples of government actions lagging significantly behind the innovations and advancements of private industry.

 

Pasco City Council Members:

 

No - requires fingerprints

 

Tom Larsen "No"

 

larsencouncil@pasco-wa.gov

 

Al Yenney "No"

 

yenneycouncil@pasco-wa.gov

 

Yes - (without fingerprints)

 

Bob Hoffmann

 

hoffmanncouncil@pasco-wa.gov

 

Saul Martinez

 

martinezcouncil@pasco-wa.gov

 

Chi Flores

florescouncil@pasco-wa.gov

SEND AN EMAIL TO THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS - IF YOU AGREE, THANK THOSE THAT ARE FOR THE MEASURE WITHOUT FINGERPRINTS AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO VOTED NO STATING FINGERPRINTS ARE REQUIRED.

Sample Email:

Dear Pasco City Council Members,

It is long past due that we get services like Uber and Lyft here in the Tri-Cities. Work out your differences and get on with it. Requiring the fingerprints makes no sense when they are not even required statewide for trunk drivers unless they're carrying hazardous materials.

I just paid $70 of parking fees at the airport for a long weekend away while I could have paid for two Uber or Lyft rides round trip for about $30 total. If I get a taxi, no big savings. Plus, there a plenty of people who could earn some good money around a flexible schedule if you all get this figured out. If big cities like Las Vegas, Seattle and hundreds of others can get it worked out - surely Pasco can?

Please do your jobs and make this happen.

Sincerely,

Kevin Mallory
West Richland and Pasco Home Owner