The Dallas City Council approved an investigation into how an ordinance that could effectively end app-based car services in the city was created and put on a council agenda.
The council unanimously approved the investigation at a meeting in front of a packed audience in council chambers. Mayor Mike Rawlings will lead the investigation.
The ordinance itself was sent to the Transportation and Trinity River Committee for discussion sometime in September, at the earliest.
The ordinance in question essentially targets Uber, a car-for-hire service app people can download to their smartphone. It uses the GPS locator in phones to send a car directly to a person who orders a ride on the app. Users pay a flat fee via credit card on the app.
A city staffer ignited controversy when he slipped the proposal onto the council's consent agenda over the weekend for consideration on Wednesday. Two Dallas council members, Scott Griggs and Philip Kingston, objected on Monday and had the item pulled.
Representatives for Uber were in attendance at the council meeting on Wednesday.
"When things like this happen you start to question how pro business it is, how open for innovation it is," said Leandre Johns, Uber Dallas' general manager.
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