Two companies seeking to provide non-emergency ambulance service in Riverside have passed the next-to-last hurdle to getting operating permits known as franchises.

The Riverside City Council Mission on Tuesday voted to grant five-year franchises to Mission, and Cavalry ambulance companies that allow them to do business in the city. In both cases, the vote was 6-1 with Councilman Chris Mac Arthur voting no.

Americare Ambulance also has applied but asked the council to postpone a decision until February 3.

A final procedural vote on Mission and Cavalry will take place later this month. The companies will join longtime provider American Medical Response and the recently approved Care Ambulance in taking patients between hospitals, to dialysis appointments and on other such non-emergency trips. AMR remains the main provider of 911 service countywide.

Riverside will charge the companies a fee of $1,200 per ambulance and an annual inspection fee of $100 per ambulance.

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