Officials in southeastern South Dakota are easing regulations to encourage more ride-sharing services in the city.
City commissioners voted unanimously this month to alter Yankton’s vehicles-for-hire ordinance. The previous ordinance required significant paperwork and an expensive annual vehicle inspection for each ride-sharing driver.
City Attorney Ross Den Herder says the new process lifts the administrative burden associated with operating in Yankton. He says the change allows Lyft, Uber and similar companies to complete their own driver and vehicle approvals as required by law. The ride-sharing providers won’t need to repeat the process at City Hall for each driver and vehicle.
The move comes after Lyft began servicing the state last year. Den Herder says Lyft has many drivers interested in serving Yankton.