Rideshare drivers challenge cab drivers lawsuit

Rideshare drivers are going to court to get a lawsuit dismissed that they say threatens their services.

A group of taxicab companies are demanding that the Rideshare drivers be required to pay the fees traditional companies do, including purchasing expensive taxi medallions.

“This lawsuit is about the taxicab owners’ attempt to use their antiquated taxicab ordinance to stifle ride-sharing,” said Anthony Sanders, the attorney representing the drivers, in a Tuesday morning press conference. He added: “There is no constitutional right to be free from competition.”

The Rideshare drivers use smart phones with apps to locate customers.  One of the drivers said it saves the consumer money. “It is convenient and easy and comfortable and safe for both the passenger and the driver,” said Dan Burgess of Downers Grove. “It’s worked out very well and people enjoy it.”

The motion filed Tuesday is expected to be heard in court in the coming weeks.

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