Taxis vs Uber & Lyft in Elgin, IL

Taxis vs UBER & Lyft Elgin UPDATE: This is how the City of Elgin works-

In 2015, The City of Elgin placed a $500 flat yearly license fee on companies like Uber & Lyft. 

In 2015, A#1's taxi owners payed $3225 for taxi vehicle licenses (without safety inspections and driver permit additional costs).

I received my FOIA back from Elgin today (3-22-16) saying Uber & Lyft payed no fees in 2015. They've been operating in the City of Elgin for almost a year ILLEGALLY! Every vehicle caught should be issued a $500 ticket. Elgin Police have done nothing!

If we didn't pay their license fee's we would be shut down in Elgin (you can bet on that).

Where is Elgin's checks and balances? They wonder why they have business issues in this City.

What are we getting for our money? Umm, one taxi stand that holds 4 taxis, where there was 113 registered Elgin taxis in 2015? 

Last, Uber and lyft can simply write a $500 check. taxis have to take the cars to safety inspections give a copy to EPD, then have every taxi checked by EPD, and every driver pays for a permit. We've been jumping through these hoops for 30 years. 


FOIA below.


Request Type:Freedom of Information (FOIA) Request

 Description:Any person who wishes to inspect and/or obtain copies of public records from the City of Elgin shall submit in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.


 Reference No:W019700-032216

 Type of Information Requested:Other

 Do you know the department that has the document you're requesting?:Finance

 Describe the document(s) you are requesting:FOIA request # W019539-031016‏ was partially fulfilled. The missing portion is: Has the TNC companies, Uber and Lyft paid Elgin's 2015 license fee? I would like to have this question answered. They do have a license fee. This is the section in Elgin's TNC ordinance. 6.74.020: TNC LICENSE REQUIRED: A. No person shall operate or permit to be operated a TNC in the city without first having obtained a license from the city to do so. B. The city's chief financial officer shall issue a license to each applicant that meets the requirements for a TNC set forth in this chapter and pays an annual license fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the city of Elgin. All licenses provided for in this chapter shall expire on April 30 following the date of issuance. (Ord. G17-15, 2015) This question was not answered in the original FOIA #W019539-031016. Thank you.

 Preferred Method to Receive Documents:Copies by Email

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Message History


On 3/22/2016 11:04:40 AM, Elgin FOIA Center wrote:



RE: FOIA Request

Dear Jaime Hjelm,

In response to your recent request for information, we are unable to locate the requested material or no such material exists.  No registrations have been sent in.  No payments have been made.


Please do not respond to this email, it is from an outgoing email box only.


Fiscal Services Department
City of Elgin, Illinois


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