Maria Guerra Lapacek, Chicago’s Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, discusses the city's stance on transpportation network companies.
CHICAGO — On the heels of last week’s victory when the city of Chicago banned UberX from doing business at all airports, the Illinois Limousine Association (ILA) held its annual meeting Wednesday, where the topic was front and center.
Maria Guerra Lapacek, Chicago’s Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, spoke about the city’s regulatory efforts of TNCs, while I updated members on the latest national and international news and analysis regarding transportation network companies (TNCs).
“Our number one goal is public safety,” said Lapacek, referring to the city’s crackdown on UberX. “Rideshare has been in city on one form or another for a long time, and now that they are using mobile apps since 2012, it is our position to bring them out of the dark and regulate them.”
As part of a pending new city ordinance regulating the growing TNCs, the city will maintain its ban on TNCs doing business at the city’s airports, require drivers to be licensed by the city and have commercial liability insurance. Although the city will not regulate surge pricing, it will require that TNCs inform passengers of the full price of the ride — not just the “multiple” that they will charge during surge pricing hours, which Lapacek deemed as “deceptive.”
In addition, the city will require livery vehicles to have a mandatory annual inspection after six years of service, and vehicle retirement is now eight years.
In his opening remarks, ILA President Greg Eggan (O'Hare-Midway Limousine Service) told members that the association still has to be out front on the TNC issue, noting that the ILA needs to raise money to better fund lobbying efforts. Not only is the ordinance pending at the city level, but another bill regarding TNCs is circulating at the state level.
— Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast Editor