If only our municipalities thought like this. Instead, they want to keep regulating the taxis hard and nothing for Uber/Lyft! City officials make an oath of office to protect their citizens, which they haven't.
Uber not licensed in Elgin
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.
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.
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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.
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Article from May 2015-
Elgin council members passed new regulations for rideshare services, despite objections from local taxi cab drivers who argued the regulations are unfair to their business.
CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM|BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Two local tourism agencies and a northwest suburb filed suit Friday against Uber and Lyft, claiming the ride-hailing services have refused to pay a tax imposed on all persons providing transportation from O’Hare and Midway airports.
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, commonly known as McPier, along with the Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism bureau, and the village of Rosemont filed the lawsuit, claiming the ride-hailing companies have neither collected nor paid the fee, called the Airport Departure Tax, since the city allowed them to pickup passengers at the airports in November 2015.
The departure tax pays for McPier’s capital improvement projects and funds Choose Chicago and the maintenance and improvement of the Donald E. Stephen Convention Center, according to the lawsuit. McPier manages McCormick Place convention center and Navy Pier.
McPier is allowed to impose the tax “on all persons, other than a governmental agency, engaged in the business of ground transportation for hire to passengers in the metropolitan area at a rate of $4 per [vehicle]…from commercial service airports in the metropolitan area,” the suit said.
On Jan. 7, McPier notified Uber and Lyft of their obligation to pay the tax, no payments have been received, according to the lawsuit.
The Chicago-Sun Times has reported that Uber and Lyft owe Chicago taxpayers $15 million in unpaid parking tickets, red-light and speed camera fines and overdue water bills, which has fueled demands for them to get chauffeur’s licenses.
Ald. Anthony Beale also alleged that Uber and Lyft owed “millions” more because they’re not collecting the $4-a-ride departure tax, the Sun-Times reported.
“If any company owed that kind of money to the city of Chicago, they could not renew their license,” Beale said at the time.
In response to the lawsuit, spokeswomen for Uber and Lyft both said MPEA does not have the authority to levy the tax since their drivers are not operating for-hire vehicles like taxis and liveries. They also said the $4-a-ride tax, if imposed, would be passed on to consumers.
Besides the unpaid taxes, the lawsuit asks for interest and penalties.
An Uber spokeswoman said the ride-hailing services, under their deal with the city allowing them airport access, already pay $5 per pick up and $5 per drop off.
“We look forward to defending the consumers who would be harmed by this illegal tax in court,” said Uber spokeswoman Brooke Anderson.