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Petition Suspends Restrictions Against Rideshare Companies

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(CBS Seattle) – Regulations that were set to be imposed against rideshare organizations in Seattle later this month have been suspended, according to KIRO 7.

The Seattle City Council-imposed restrictions were lifted after the three Seattle rideshare companies — Uber, Lyft and Sidecar — delivered more than double the required amount of signatures to petition for a referendum.

The suspension comes just weeks after the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to restrict the use of rideshare services for companies uberX, Sidecar and Lyft. The March vote moved to cap the number of drivers on the road at any given time at 150, per company. It also established a requirement for rideshare services to meet state insurance rules. Prior to the vote, rideshare companies were mostly unregulated.

In March, shortly after the City Council vote, the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association filed a lawsuit against uberX. In the lawsuit, the Association claimed that the company was operating illegally. Seattle taxi drivers had previously asked the Council to regulate rideshare companies.

The March vote was met with mixed reviews, with most Uber, Lyft and Sidecar drivers and patrons asserting that the ruling drastically limited their ability to provide services.

The petition submitted to the Council Thursday effectively lifted the restrictions. Assuming the signature verification process is completely by May 9th, Seattle voters would be able to vote on the issue this August.

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