Oklahoma-based Tride Rideshare wants to start operating in Wichita Falls by Hotter Than Hell, which is less than a month away. City officials say that conflicts with the current Vehicle For Hire ordinance which would need to be modified before any rideshare companies can operate here.
“We have 2 cab companies in Wichita Falls and the business is not here right now. We're barely surviving and drivers are barely making a living. When they want to come in and try to flood the market that is going to hurt us and them.”
“I feel like they need to be on the same level as the taxi companies. If they taxi companies require A, B and C in order for their drivers to operate then whatever rideshare companies come to town they also need to do A, B, and C for their drivers to operate."
After today's discussion, city officials say their first goal is to work with the taxi companies. Whether or not Tride will be allowed to operate by Hotter’N Hell remains to be seen. City officials say app based transportation service is the future - either way, Ramirez says Wichita Star Taxi isn’t going anywhere.
We'll be here - whether they are here or not.”