Ride Sharing

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We strongly recommend the careful consideration of accessibility in any legislation pertaining to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs, aka ride-shares) and the inclusion of people with disabilities in key decisions regarding TNCs.

 

The Latest

In the Senate Business & Commerce Committee, three bills aimed at overriding local regulations concerning TNCs were left pending. One is expected to move to the full Senate for a vote. Check out the Texas Tribune's coverage of the hearing (Mar. 14).

Three bills regarding TNC regulation have been filed to date: SB 113 (Huffines), SB 176 (Schwertner), and SB 361 (Nichols) (Jan. 26).

Accessibility and Austin TNCs in the news: Austin Ride-sharing Companies Required to Accommodate Disabled Community (Jan. 25).

Background

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as ride sharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, are getting ready for a show down this Legislative session. Some legislators want to create statewide rules that to regulate this emerging industry. On the other hand, some Texas cities, like Austin and Houston, already have such rules in place- and would rather keep local control. In all of the clamor, one topic has been largely absent: accessibility.

Texans with disabilities, among the most transportation-disadvantaged, have a lot to gain from TNCs, but only if rides are accessible. Requirements like a reasonable ratio of wheelchair accessible vehicles in a given TNC's fleet and clear rules about service animals can go a long way in making sure TNCs can be used by all Texans. That's why, regardless of the debates that ensue in the Legislature this session over TNCs, decision-makers should adhere to CTD's principles of Accessibility in Vehicles-for-Hire:


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