- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City official has recommended getting rid of a 30-day orientation period in which Uber drivers can operate without getting a city driver’s certificate or vehicle permit.

The city’s Regulated Industries Division manager Jim Ready said the orientation period presents a danger by allowing drivers who skip the regulatory process and who have stopped working for the ride-hailing service or a taxi service to illegally operate by claiming they are in the orientation period, The Kansas City Star reported (https://bit.ly/29lxZNa ).

Drivers who are allowed to work during the 30-day period do not have a purple sticker on their vehicles to show they’ve been approved by the city, which started issuing the stickers last July.

The city will seek input from the industry and public comment on potential regulation changes later this summer.

Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin said the company would consider the ordinance and work with the city on proposed changes.

According to Altmin, the 30-day orientation was included to reduce the burden on first-time drivers.

Bill George, who owns several taxi services in the Kansas City area, said he would participate in the review and that he doesn’t think the orientation period is a good policy.

Kansas City had issued driver certificates to 1,387 Uber drivers as of June 18.

Ready said that over 2,500 people had applied for a certificate but many of them failed to complete the certificate process within the required 60 days.

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