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Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors
Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- For the first time since the Uber debate came to Little Rock, executives with the ride sharing startup were in town presenting to the city's board of directors.

"The residents and visitors have spoken very loud and clear that they would like Uber to be brought to Little Rock," said Uber Senior Public Policy Associate Dave Barmore. "I'm encouraged to be talking with you to see how we can make that happen."

Barmore told directors Uber is not a taxi service, but rather a technology startup matching ride seekers with nearby drivers looking to make some extra cash. "There is a strict vetting process in place to make sure that these drivers are safe and this process includes a nationally approved background check vendor," he added. "A lot of them are just residents looking to make some extra money on the weekend."

Board member Joan Adcock expressed concerns with Uber's insurance policy, as well as their ability to make sure drivers are safe. "I just want everyone to be on the same rules and regulations," said Adcock. "We have requirements of the taxi companies and limousine services. They have to be inspected. They have to have background checks of the drivers."

In addition to the background checks, Uber requires that each vehicle pass an extensive safety inspection, but it's usually done internally and not vetted by the city. Barmore says the company is willing to work with city leaders to find a middle ground so they can begin hiring drivers in Little Rock.

Mayor Stodola has asked city attorney Thomas Carpenter to work with Uber and Little Rock Yellow Cab to begin developing an ordinance that would address many of the concerns from the meeting.


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