Taxi drivers in Chicago are subject to specific requirements regarding background checks, drug testing, vehicle inspections and proper insurance. However, the same regulations, which are in place to minimize uncertainty and protect passengers and pedestrians from injury, don't apply to the emerging ride-sharing companies such as UberX and Lyft. These companies offer private cars for hire throughout the state.
The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that provides some protections for people who hire ride-sharing drivers, but state lawmakers and the taxi industry agree that more needs to be done. In particular, State Senator Martin Sandoval has called on Governor Pat Quinn to sign a bill that would establish ride-sharing insurance and driver requirements not covered in the city ordinance.