Uber’s Response to Lawsuit Filed by Chicago Taxi Companies
You may have read that the taxi industry has filed a lawsuit against Uber in Chicago.
Uber’s technology platform is and has always been legal in Chicago, and despite another transparent attempt by the taxi industry to shut down transportation alternatives, Uber will continue to offer its application to connect Chicagoans to high quality transportation providers.
At Uber, we exist for two reasons:
- To provide efficient, convenient, and reliable transportation for riders
- To help our driver partners increase their income and grow their businesses
It is these two goals that motivate our team every day and we believe that our efforts have made the availability, accountability and quality of Chicagoans’ transportation choices much greater today than a year ago. We also know that Uber has helped thousands of Chicago taxi and limo drivers increase their weekly earnings, expand their businesses and improve their lives. We are incredibly proud of this.
We appreciate your business and your support of innovation in a sector that sorely needs it.
We have developed a new pilot program – Xchange Leasing – which is a leasing option administered by an Uber subsidiary and designed to fit with the flexibility that drivers value most. The Xchange lease is one of a kind, and offers value that traditional auto leases do not provide. Unlike most multi-year leases that have high fees for early termination, drivers who participate in Xchange for at least 30 days will be able to return the car with only two weeks notice, and limited additional costs. The program allows for unlimited mileage and the option to lease a used car, with routine maintenance also included.
A new report conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reveals that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making better choices that save lives.
New technologies are creating opportunities no one could have imagined. To understand Uber’s place in that trend, we commissioned a survey of our driver-partners and put together a comprehensive analysis.