Honolulu mayor says ride-hailing bill does ‘not go far enough’
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has returned unsigned a bill relating to private transportation services and drivers.
Bill 55, passed by the Honolulu City Council on Dec. 1, tightens rules for private transportation and ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, outlining driver and certification requirements.
In an attached letter to the council, Mayor Caldwell said he is troubled that the legislation does “not go far enough to protect the safety of the general public” and noted legal concerns that could lead to costly lawsuits again the city. He also stated his belief that “private transportation companies should be able to operate with less government regulation going forward.”
By returning Bill 55 unsigned, it becomes law without the mayor’s approval.