Monday, September 4, 2017

The End of Uber in Chicago?

A government power center is setting up to destroy Uber operations in Rahmaland.

An ordinance that proposes a crackdown on ridesharing passed out of a Chicago City Council committee Aug. 30, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The ordinance would seek to cut back on “surge pricing” by ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, in which fares go up when demand rises. The proposal would also require drivers to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Alderman Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, longtime ridesharing opponent and chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Public Way, pushed the ordinance through committee, according to the Sun-Times.

According to Brendan Bakala,  Beale’s hostility to ridesharing may have something to do with his friendly relationship with the taxi industry. Beale has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from pro-taxi groups such as the Illinois Transportation Trade Association Political Action Committee.

And with ridesharing services impinging on the business of traditional taxi companies, Beale’s proposed crackdown should not surprise anyone.


1 comment:

  1. amusingly this offensive started because the City's own rail system broke down and thousands took to Uber and Lyft who somehow got stuck with the blame because they used their surge pricing to get drivers out.
    So Uber/lyft refunded those customers,and still get bleated at by the local media (which is totally bed with the city)
    CTA? nothing. silence.