Alamo Heights Slows Rideshare Deal

The Alamo Height City Council has a ride-sharing agreement and ordinance in front of them, but it’s on hold for now.

“Before we do anything, we really need to understand the whole scope of what they city is proposing,” Mayor Louis Cooper said.

Monday night was the first time he saw the proposal.

“I wanted to make sure that we understood all the details and I wasn’t really clear and the other council members weren’t clear on it,” Cooper said.

The proposal includes driver requirements and a background check, among other things. City staff said the requirements are similar to what San Antonio has now.

Cooper also wants to send it to Uber and Lyft.

“I think anytime that you can present something to someone instead of forcing them, it works better,” Cooper said. “And we want to partner with them.”

“You know we want to be a place for them to do business,” Councilman Lawson Jesse said. He said it’s not about adding another layer of regulation.

“We need to be working with these companies, and making sure they feel welcome in Alamo Heights,” he said.

The council will take action on this proposal at a later date.

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