The City of Eugene has adopted new rules for Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) companies, which includes Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. The new rules were signed into effect by the City Manager following a public review and comment period. The Eugene City Council adopted changes to the PPV code in April. The Administrative Rule update brings the rules into alignment with the updated City code and incorporates feedback from the community.
“The community was clear that they value these transportation services and that safety is a top priority,” said Denny Braud, Planning and Development Director. “We look forward to working with Uber and Lyft and to the additional transportation options they can bring to Eugene.”
“We appreciate the hard work and care City of Eugene staff put in to updating these rules with safety as the top priority,” said Brittany Quick-Warner, President and CEO, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses and our entire community will benefit from these modernized transportation rules and the addition of TNC companies to our region.”
“The new rules open the door to exciting new transportation choices in the community. We are immensely thankful to City of Eugene staff and are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone,” said Matt Sayre, Vice President of the Technology Association of Oregon.
With the help and support of community partners, including the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), the rules have been updated to meet the needs of TNCs and provide more transportation options while continuing to maintain important safety standards.
The application for TNC licenses is now available. Once a TNC has successfully applied for and attained a license from the City of Eugene, people interested in driving can apply with the TNC of their choice. Once a driver is approved by the TNC, they will need to apply for their Driver Certification from the City of Eugene. A Driver Certification is required to drive for any Public Passenger Vehicle company in Eugene-Springfield, including licensed TNCs.
Interested drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and must have successfully applied and registered with a licensed TNC prior to applying for their City of Eugene Driver Certification.
City of Eugene staff will be available to process Driver Certification applications once there is at least one licensed TNC. Staff will be available Mondays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., or by appointment.
City staff are ready to help and look forward to assisting all new interested drivers.