City, Uber will meet to seek accord
By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 25. 2015 5:38PM
MANCHESTER — The city is taking another look at Uber’s future in Manchester.
City officials plan to speak again with the ride-sharing program next week about potential compromises that would allow Uber to continue operating in Manchester.
“We’re going to try and work a resolution out here in the next few days,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas on Friday. “Hopefully, we can get something and bring it to the board.”
The board of aldermen voted Tuesday to require Uber to comply with city regulations on taxis, leading to a strong public response from residents who want to have Uber as an option.
Gatsas said he plans to meet with city cab companies Monday, when the Manchester police chief is scheduled to speak with Uber officials about company policies regarding subjects, including background checks and insurance.
“I think everybody truly wants to give them an opportunity to be in the city,” Gatsas said. “This isn’t about licensing. This isn’t about any fees. It’s about safety for the people in the city.”
William Guernier, Uber’s director of East Coast operations, sent Gatsas a letter this week with attachments outlining Uber’s background checks. Guernier also said Uber did not have a representative at Tuesday’s meeting because the company did not believe the matter would come before the full board that night.
“It’s encouraging that they’re taking some steps to work with us toward understanding some issues," Guernier said.
The Greater Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce has been in favor of keeping Uber in the city and created a “Save Uber in Manchester” Facebook page on Friday. The page had nearly 600 likes by early Friday evening.
“The response has been very strong. I think it’s a clear indication that people are supportive of having an amenity like Uber in the community,” GMACC President Michael Skelton said Friday.
“I think everybody is also in agreement that there needs to be proper regulations put in place as well. That’s the ultimate goal here — to have the company and the city working together to reach that solution.”
Gatsas said he put Uber on the agenda for the Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for May 5.
“Hopefully we can come to some sort of agreement,” Gatsas said.
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