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Sturgis passes first reading of ordinance governing ride sharing services

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis has passed first reading of an ordinance that will govern the new ride sharing services Lyft and Uber, should they come to town.

Discussion was held among  council members last night on some items of concern – but in the end, it passed with few changes.

Within the current city transit ordinance, Sturgis city leaders say they aim to make it easier for ride sharing companies to provide services to the community.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says this could also create more job opportunities for locals.

“It’s wonderful if it enables people to be able to pick up a little extra income if they’d like for future vacations or anything it might be, so it’s a great way to engage more with the community but also really from the law enforcement side, what we’re really hopeful is that it will provide a lot more access for people so that they have more opportunities and options to make wise decisions and hopefully chose not to drink and drive.”

The ordinance proposes charging an annual licensing fee of $200 per vehicle for up to five vehicles. More than five vehicles would increase the fee to $1,000.

Second reading of the ordinance is set for February 3.

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