Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 Statement on substitute ‘Rideshare Reform Ordinance’ passage

“While Mayor Emanuel and other supporters of the substitute ‘Rideshare Reform Ordinance’ proclaim it to be a compromise made with coalition partners, nothing could be further from the truth.

“The core principles we sought in the original ordinance were access, fair rules, and safety, all of which have been discarded completely.

“Public safety demands all of Chicago’s for hire drivers be appropriately vetted by the City of Chicago, yet the ordinance passed continues to allow rideshare companies to self-police, which has repeatedly proven to be insufficient in light of dozens of cases of violent criminals slipping through Uber’s internal background check.

“This ordinance does nothing to address the competitive disadvantage created by this administration in its two-tiered regulatory system that has destroyed family supporting jobs in the transportation industry and bankrupted thousands of hard working Chicago cab drivers.