The taxi industry wants to put the brakes on the “ride sharing” cars, or, at least, slow them down. The Illinois House has passed a bill, advertised as the product of heavy negotiations with everybody involved, regulating the ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. In the cities where the cars operate, customers summon them with an app.
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Sponsoring State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) says the taxi alternatives should be subject to at least some regulation: “We want to ensure licensure, we want to ensure insurance coverage, and we want to ensure safety of our constituents.”
But the cars provide a valuable service in areas such as the South Side of Chicago, where, State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) says, cabs won't come when you call. “People need to get places quickly,”she said, “and they couldn't count on cabs or taxi service. So this new industry emerged. You call in and give your credit card number, you give your name, and then they pick you up.” She feared regulation would harm the new companies.