Chicago stops airport pick-ups by ride-sharing company

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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.


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  • Gersh Mayer

    The ride shares are violating Chicago city ordinances in more ways than just at the airports. The city has chosen to selectively enforce its own laws while asserting the existence of a "regulatory vacuum". The ride shares are exposing the public to serious hazard because of their sketchy liability insurance (which they won't let anyone see), their suspect driver screening, and their general disregard for any regulation that they don't like. They think that they can flout the law before it is changed to their liking. Chicago taxpayers could be on the hook for a lot of money if there's a claim against the city for not enforcing its own legislation in the event of a serious accident.

    • Chris

      Exactly, Diana! Thank you for clearing that up. Companies like Uber are amazing resources for locals. It frees up taxis for tourists who don’t care about paying their high rates. Chicagoans want to save money and get better service – and Uber does exactly that. If cab companies want to compete, they need to innovate and change how they treat people instead of simply crying to the city and demanding that we kill competition in the market.