A controversial proposal to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft has the support of the Progressive Reform Caucus.
Under Transportation Committee Chairman Ald. Anthony Beale's (9th) proposed ordinance, all ride-hailing drivers would have to get a chauffeur's license. Drivers would also have to undergo more thorough background checks, fingerprinting and vehicle inspections. Among other regulations, at least 5 percent of total ride-hailing vehicles would have to be wheelchair accessible under the legislation.
Ride-hailing companies vehemently oppose the proposal, with Uber claiming it would "spell the end of ridesharing in Chicago as we know it today."
But Progressive Reform Caucus members call the measure "common sense."
"This ordinance is a common sense response to the concerns of the people," Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) said in a statement. "Chicagoans are troubled by rideshare companies' failure to address public safety concerns. Large, self-regulating corporations cannot descend on Chicago and refuse to pay taxes. If rideshare wants to play in Chicago, it will play by our rules, not theirs."
Ald. John Arena (45th) added: "The fact of the matter is Chicagoans deserve to be safe, and our City is in desperate need of revenue. This measure will force these massively profitable corporations to be honest in their use of our city, and to pay their fair share in taxes."