Chicago stops airport pick-ups by ride-sharing company
The city of Chicago has put a stop to airport pick-ups by a ride-share company.
Last Friday, UberX emailed its drivers, telling them it was ok to pick up people at both O’Hare and Midway Airports.
The email instructed the ride-sharing drivers to use the “friends and family” pick-up lanes at the airports and avoid taxi lines and paying a special city tax of $4.
Monday, the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection ordered UberX to stop accepting pick-up requests from passengers at the airports.
A department spokesperson says a city ordinance bans such activity.
Only license cab companies and private limousine and livery companies are permitted to solicit passengers at the airports.
They are required to use a specific staging area and pay a $4 city tax for each trip.
Anyone who violates the ordinance could be ticketed and have their vehicles impounded.
Last year, the Emanuel administration proposed a new ordinance that would allow for the expansion of ride-sharing service within city limits.
That proposed ordinance has been amended three times and has not been passed.