Thoughts & Comments
In 2014 Uber Technologies Inc. began offering their transportation services in Houston. At the time, Houston City Council and representatives from Uber (and Lyft - who has since left the Houston market) agreed to a set of regulatory standards for their drivers to meet in order to operate in this city. These regulations mirror many of those required for a traditional taxi driver in Houston.
As you may be aware, in late April Uber sent a letter to the city council and the Mayor asking for the current regulations to be amended to make it easier for an individual to be a driver for Uber. Uber has hinted that without such changes, they may leave the Houston marketplace.
The restaurant and entertainment industry customers are among the largest groups using rideshare services. As owners and operators who may be impacted by either the departure of Uber from the Houston market and / or the relaxation of driver requirements, we are seeking any input you may have on this matter.
GHRA Board President, Jonathan Horowitz and Executive Director Melissa Stewart have recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation from Uber on their position for why they feel a reduction in the Houston regulations are reasonable and necessary. We are in the process of getting additional information on the conversations with the City as to any potential compromise on the horizon.
Thank you for your support of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and we look forward to hearing from you.