Uber fights ride-sharing legislation

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Uber is asking its users in Illinois to reach out to their legislators to fight two bills pushing to regulate the industry.

The ride-sharing bills were designed to create statewide standards for ride-sharing. They passed overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate before Governor Pat Quinn vetoed both.

This week legislators plan to vote on whether to override those vetoes.

Drivers for companies such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar use their own vehicles to pick up customers and make money. It's an industry that is growing quickly, and one that currently isn't regulated by the state.

The state's ride-share legislation calls for background checks and commercial liability insurance. While some ride-share companies already offer forms of these, legislators want the same uniform standard for everyone dipping into the ride-share business.

The legislation also requires drivers who work more than 36 hours in a two-week period to follow similar rules taxi drivers follow, such as having a chauffeur's license, and driving a vehicle that isn't more than four years old.

Ride-share companies such as Uber say the strict regulations would hurt the ride-share industry, while the Illinois Transportation Trade Association says without a statewide ride-share law the public's safety is in question.

If the state bill passes, it would enact stricter rules statewide, and cities would have the ability to increase regulation if they choose.

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  • Jocelyn

    Rode in a Uber over the weekend. Driver admitted to driving for over 12 hours. A lot of the Uber drivers are cab drivers that take longer routes on purpose to increase price. Have had multiple drivers on the phone while driving in the city and constantly complain about Uber wages to the passengers. Should have a limit on when they can and can’t have a surcharge. Drivers should not be allowed to drive over a certain amount of hours.

  • FEDUP1967

    Not sure why they don’t have to abode to same laws as taxis and cabs. Also why are they allowed to charge higher prices during certain hours. I call it price gouging….

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