The Little Rock City Board adopted today an ordinance, with emergency clause, to allow ride-sharing services such as Uber to operate in the city. Uber had been operating here anyway.
The ordinance was approved a week ago, but it failed to get the eight votes necessary to adopt the emergency clause, meaning a 30-day delay. City Director Joan Adcock, one of two board members able to ask for consideration and a long-time foe of Uber and supporter of the taxi industry, moved for reconsideration. Acceded to the inevitable, Iguess.
Uber had provided free rides while the matter was in limbo. Presumably, it will shortly begin charging, though the permitting process has just begun. I’m still curious about authority to operate in North Little Rock.
City Attorney Tom Carpenter, who responded to my FOI for the current status, provided this e-mail to others that said the ordinance was in effect, but added:
THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE FINAL DRAFT. Drafts have been flying this afternoon, and Susan has not been able to go over this one with me. But, I think that this is about as final as it can be. Still, IF ANYONE sees a typo, or issue, please let me know immediately in the morning so we can get a final copy to execute. Finally, I kept coming up with people that needed to see this, or had asked to see it, so all of the cc’s are not in necessarily the correct order. Please chalk that up to a tired memory and nothing else.
Uber moves fast. Technical details are not its strong suit. Arrogance and hubris are.