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.
Already there have been reports of ride-sharing drivers with criminal records, and Senator Sandoval pointed out that without proper regulations in place, violent criminals could pose a serious threat to unsuspecting passengers.
The Illinois Transportation Trade Association, which represents the taxi industry, also supports the legislation.
Effective regulation of taxis, ride-sharing vehicles and other common carriers is a key component to protecting people from serious injuries. As a passenger, you deserve to rest assured that your driver is not in violation of the law.
Collisions involving common carriers often lead to complicated legal situations regarding insurance and liability. In these cases, the help of a personal injury attorney may be necessary to hold the responsible parties accountable for injuries and costs such as medical bills and lost wages.
Source: CBS Chicago, “State Lawmakers Call On Quinn To Approve Ride-Sharing Regulations,” Craig Dellimore, July 14, 2014