INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis councilman has formed a commission to examine easing taxi regulations in light of the popularity of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.
The Indianapolis Star reports Vop Osili believes the city's rules governing taxis are outdated and hurt business. The 13-member Taxi Reform Study Commission will meet several times in the weeks ahead and make recommendations to the City-County Council.
The commission will consider lowering the required vehicles per company as well as fees each pays. The group also will mull a more flexible pricing system.
Uber and Lyft came to Indianapolis in 2013, and the San Francisco firms with their fleet of independent contractors immediately affected taxis. Indianapolis last year issued 28 percent fewer taxi licenses than in the year the ride-hailing services arrived.