After years of anchoring morning radio newscasts, Rod Rice is an early riser. This made it easy for him to be first in line for a city permit to drive his personal vehicle and pick up passengers.
Being retired didn’t hurt, either, said Rice, who stepped down in January from his position at KUHF, the city’s NPR affiliate. It gave him the time to trudge through city regulations that went into effect Tuesday for so-called transportation network companies and their drivers.
“I was ready,” Rice said.
As companies such as Uber and the drivers who partner with them adjust to Houston’s paid ride rules, Rice’s experience is happening over and over again. Hundreds, and potentially thousands, of drivers are expected to apply for permits under the new rules.