Cab drivers stage ride-share protest in the Loop

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CHICAGO -- Taxi drivers staged a demonstration against ride-sharing services this morning, driving around the Loop for four hours without picking up fares.

The protest took place between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

It was followed by a press conference at City Hall.

Traditional taxi drivers consider ride-sharing companies like Uber a threat to their businesses because of limited regulations.

Meantime, the City of Chicago has agreed to award a license to Uber after the company signed off on several security measures.

Those include a stronger background check system for drivers, and regular safety audits.

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6 comments

  • James

    This is such a disgrace. Instead of innovating and making changes to their own businesses in order to compete in the free market, cab companies just want to shut ride-share services down. I feel like this happens a lot in this state – if they can’t regulate/tax something to death then they’ll just protest it to death.

    • Will

      If Rahm doesn’t do right by the cab drivers who have played by the rules all this time, things WILL get violent, and they have every right to be violent in my opinion. Make Uber abide by the same regulations; medallions, proper insurance, training, background checks, car safety checks and licensing for both the car and driver; then things will be on a fair playing field. And trust me the costs add up. You wonder why the costs of a cab is higher than an Uber. Uber can charge less because they are above the law and can get away with not paying what a cabbie has to pay or deal with.

  • Bobby

    Cabbies have not had a cost of living increase in taxi fares in 9 years and Mayors Daley and Rahm refuse to OK one, yet Uber comes in and sets its own prices and then gouges passengers with so called surge pricing which is 3 or 4 times taxi fares and are allowed to. If Uber can jack up prices at a moments notice, or no notice at all, why can’t cabbies?