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Record #: R2015-479   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 6/17/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on current business and employment practices of all Class A and Class B transportation network providers operating within City of Chicago
Sponsors: Dowell, Pat, Munoz, Ricardo, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Foulkes, Toni, Moore, David H., Lopez, Raymond A., Pawar, Ameya, Cappleman, James, Osterman, Harry, Silverstein, Debra L., Sawyer, Roderick T., Hairston, Leslie A., O'Shea, Matthew J., Arena, John, Solis, Daniel, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Ervin, Jason C., Taliaferro, Chris, Waguespack, Scott, Mell, Deborah, Sposato, Nicholas, Scott, Jr. Michael, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Napolitano, Anthony V., Willie B. Cochran
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Attachments: 1. R2015-479.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Transportation Network Providers
WHEREAS, One year ago on May 28th, 2014 the City of Chicago passed the Transportation Network Provider (TNP) ordinance which established a license for companies, including Uber, which operate "e-hail" smartphone applications to dispatch for-hire vehicles.
WHEREAS, the ordinance established a regulatory framework for TNP companies that is significantly less costly and burdensome than the regulations that apply to licensed taxi owners and drivers in terms of insurance requirements, vehicle age and equipment requirements and licensing fees. In addition, the TNP ordinance left most of the compliance and enforcement authority up to the companies themselves including driver background checks, consumer complaint handling and trip data reporting to assess service to underserved areas.
WHEREAS, the impact of a two-tier regulatory framework with different sets of standards for the same service has had a major impact on the value of taxi medallions and the financial well-being of Chicago residents who have invested in a medallion as a small family business. As a result, city revenue derived from the taxi industry has declined sharply and is subject to significant uncertainty in the future.
WHEREAS, A majority of licensed taxi drivers, more than 3500 of the city's 7000 active taxi drivers, signed a petition calling on the City to hold a public hearing to address their concerns about unfair competition and the impact on their ability to earn a family-supporting income.
WHEREAS, Uber and other TNP corporations have also been the subject of multiple legal actions over the past year brought by their own drivers alleging labor law violations and questionable lending practices, and these TNP corporations have significantly increased fees and costs charged to drivers.
WHEREAS, At the time the ordinance was passed, the city agency charged with licensing TNPs, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Pro...

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