Does Quincy prohibit ride-sharing services?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017 12:01 am

Last week, we touched on whether a ride-sharing service would come to the Quincy area. There are ordinances in Quincy that taxicab operators must follow. Are there ordinances prohibiting ride-sharing services in Quincy?

There is nothing in Quincy's municipal code that bans the operation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

However, Corporation Counsel Lonnie Dunn said the city's taxicab ordinance would cover ride-sharing services.

"Anyone wanting to start such a business would need a taxicab license," Dunn said.

The code requires anyone driving a taxicab to have a license from the city of Quincy. Requirements for people seeking a license include that they be at least 19 years old, be physically and mentally competent to drive a taxicab, be able to speak and write in English, be of good character, have a valid driver's license, and have no more than two convictions of offenses involving a motor vehicle or any violation of the taxicab ordinance.

Taxicab owners have similar requirements, but before the issuance of the license a public hearing must be held by the chief of police, who will than make a recommendation to the City Council, which gives final approval before it is issued.

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