City meets to regulate ride sharing controversiesUPDATED 8:13 PM HST Aug 28, 2014Video Transcript
The new ride-share kids on the block--Uber and Lyft, were shoulder-to-shoulder this afternoon. The city council members are trying to figure out who should regulate the new businesses... KITV's Catherine Cruz has been tracking these new-age companies since they first rolled into town .. and has our continuing coverage. 07 26 40 55 117 135 Lyft drivers in flashy pink shirts and mustaches want the attention. And they are getting it alright. - levi fay 1:30-1:47 -"Out here its incrdible sensitive for the taxis because they have had such a tight control of the market so having someone rock the boat has upset a lot of people," Drivers like Howard Higa of The Cab-- wants the transporation upstarts regulated. It's all about fair play he says. - Howard Higa 56 ;47 -56;53 - "This is all smoke and mirrors, If you look like a duck and you walk like a quack like a duck, you're a duck," It's that tension that prompted this meeting. A first-hand account of how these companies work, with drivers using their own cars. - iwalani 54:29 - 54:38 Flexible schedule I can work when I want how long I want that's a really great thing," Company reps tried to explain why their iphones aren't meters and what about this thing called. "surge pricing?" - BRIAN HUGHES 41:28- 41:40 -"For instance, at one AM New Year's Eve when everyone wants a ride at the exact same time it will raise prices and the consumer will have the decision to accept that price or not," And what about consumer safety when it comes to the use of private cars? Krysten Eads 36: 13 -"To the question of the cars, we do a vehicle inspection. It cant smell bad. It has to look nice and it has to be working so they do a safety check as well.' Council members say consumer protection is paramount and they pressed more answers on liability for passengers and drivers ... - Breene Harimoto 39:33-39:46 -"This raises a real red flag to me.If its case that an insurance company says you drive for one of these we wont cover you at all. I would hope that you have the answers so that you can protect your drivers," The council wants to form a task force to determine how best to regulate companies like uber and lyft. It's a mixed bag across the country--some states have taken the lead and in others its the city and county. No one from the state or the insurance industry was at the table today and some wondered if they should be. Catherine Cruz KITV4 news Lyft says it plans to meet with the Public Utilities commission and has hired a lobbyist. Uber has a Honolulu office with a general manager, AND a marketing manager. Signs that seem indicate they plan to be here for the long haul.