Record #: R2014-68   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 2/5/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Finance; Transportation and Public Way
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for enforcement of municipal code provision against transportation network providers unlawfully operating as de facto taxicab and livery companies
Sponsors: Beale, Anthony, Burke, Edward M.
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, - CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Police
Attachments: 1. R2014-68.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, transportation of the public requested by passengers and provided by companies who dispatch taxicabs and liveries is governed by Chapter 9-112 (taxicabs) and Chapter 9-114 (livery vehicles) of the Municipal Code of Chicago; and

WHEREAS, Section 9-112-020 ofthe Municipal Code provides, "It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, or for the registered owner thereof to permit it to be operated, for the transportation of passengers for hire within the city unless it is licensed by the city as a taxicab pursuant to this chapter, or as a public passenger vehicle pursuant to Chapter 9-114."; and

WHEREAS, despite the applicability of the Municipal Code to such transportation services, certain companies offer taxi and limousine services within the city in apparent violation of city law; and

WHEREAS, such companies, hereinafter referred to as "transportation network providers," receive requests for transportation from the public, contact drivers or operators to dispatch vehicles to transport the public for hire, collect the fares for transportation using customer credit cards, and pay the drivers after deducting a percentage of the fare; and

WHEREAS, transportation network providers, like licensed taxicabs and licensed taxicab affiliations, use internet and smartphone based applications to dispatch transportation to customers; and

WHEREAS, unlike licensed taxicabs and licensed liveries, transportation network providers have not been required to: maintain liability and worker's compensation insurance; have their vehicles inspected by the city; use newer vehicles; use only trained drivers with chauffeur licenses who are required to maintain continuing education requirements; adhere to maximum rates established by the city; respond to calls from all areas of the city; provide wheelchair accessible vehicles; accept alternative forms of payment, including cash; or pay any city taxes; and

WHEREAS, according to the Illinois Department of Ins...

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