Cabbies suing city for regulation of ride-sharing programs

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A group of Chicago taxi owners, drivers and the Illinois Taxi Transportation Alliance announced it is filing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for failing to enforce regulations for some taxi services.

The suit alleges that by creating a separate system for unlicensed taxi companies such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, the City of Chicago jeopardizes public health and safety, exposes the city to more than one billion dollars in potential damages and allows for discrimination against individuals with disabilities and passengers in low-income neighborhoods.

On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel asked the city council to regulate ride-sharing companies.

Currently, people can offer those services, and charge less than taxi cabs, without offering the same consumer *protections* as cabs.

A new regulatory ordinance would require ride-sharing services to be licensed and taxed.

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