On the heels of Pasco's decision to eliminate the fingerprint and backround check requirements for what are called TNC's (Transportation Network Companies) such as Uber and Lyft, they have released 'clarifications' as to what steps have to be taken to drive in their city.
Friday, city officials released the following information in response to what they say has been a lot of calls and questions:
"The new ordinance on TNCs will not go into effect until approximately December 15 (this is per state law that new ordinances are effective after 5 days of official publication).
· Uber is applying for their master business license with the City, but until the application for the master license is processed, the City is unable to accept license applications for individual drivers (“Driver for Hire”). The City will be expediting the master license process to get Uber approved as soon as possible.
· To be a Driver for Hire in Pasco, you will need a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from Washington State (http://bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx). Local Driver for Hire licenses will be required for all drivers, regardless of yearly income from TNCs.
· Drivers interested in a Pasco license will need to have proof of their affiliation with a TNC and have an UBI before applying for a local license.
· Driver for Hire licenses will be $40 (non-refundable fee). Driver for Hire licenses are valid for one year from date of issuance. Other requirements for a license include being at least 21 years of age, having a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance."
----For additional information, officials say to call the city at (509)-545-3402.