Proposed Chicago Regulations to Shut Down Uber Black – We Need Your Help!
Since our launch over a year ago, Uber has made great strides in creating a convenient, efficient, and classy transportation alternative in Chicago. As a licensed Chicago business, we have improved transportation options for tens of thousands of Chicagoans, and have helped grow the small businesses of hundreds of our driver partners.
Unfortunately, late last week, Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) proposed regulations that would prohibit Uber’s Black car service from operating in Chicago. We need your help in the next 10 days to prevent these regulations from taking effect!
Proposed BACP regulations:
Outlaw any electronic measurement device
Section 1.10.a “…PPV licensees may not use any device, including, but not limited to, mechanical, electronic, or digital meters/equipment to measure and calculate passenger fares based on distance and/or time traveled.”
Prohibit the use of time or distance charges
Section 1.10.c “The Department will consider a PPV that advertises or charges its passenger fares by measuring distance and/or time traveled as an unlicensed taxicab…”
Uber’s shorthand response: Limo companies throughout Chicago already charge by time and distance. Uber’s technology simply makes those calculations more streamlined, more transparent, and more accurate.
Collectively, these provisions are designed to prevent Uber’s technology from being used in Chicago limos. Their adoption would end Uber’s ability to offer the streamlined arrangement of limo transportation and ease of payment that you’ve come to expect and love. Consumer choice and accountability would be reduced and the incomes of the more than 1,000 Chicago drivers that depend on Uber would be significantly and negatively impacted.
Take Action Now!
It’s up to all of us to let city officials know the impact of these changes that would become final in a matter of days. We believe Chicago’s city officials will be receptive and responsive to our cause. Here’s what you can do:
1. Email BACP, telling them to “Remove the No Measured Rates Provision (PPV Sec. 1.10)”:
The comment period on these proposed regulations ends November 9th, after which BACP will release final regulations. This is our chance to impact these rules. Click this link to email now!
2. Contact city officials, telling them to “Remove the No Measured Rates Provision (PPV Sec. 1.10)”:
- Rosemary Krimbel, BACP Commissioner
Email Commissioner Krimbel
Tweet to @rkrim
- The Mayor’s Office, Write on The Mayor Office’s Wall
Tweet to @ChicagosMayor
- Email Mayor Emanuel
- Email your Alderman
- Write on Rahm’s Facebook Wall
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