CHICAGO (CBS) — After a failed 24-hour strike last week, activists from the taxi industry took their fight to City Hall on Wednesday, protesting what they say is preferential treatment for rival ride-sharing companies.
Karen Chamberlain, who is on the board of the United Taxidrivers Community Council, said the taxi industry is subject to higher costs and greater regulation than companies like Uber and Lyft.
“We want to go by their rules. Lower our costs, or since the city needs money, raise their costs. We’ll meet them in the middle on either one of those,” she said.
Chris Taylor, general manager of Uber in Chicago, brought dozens of Uber drivers to City Hall to face off against the taxi drivers.
“Competition, when you’re not used to it, is tough,” Taylor said. “Competition is actually a new thing for this industry, and the taxi industry’s not used to that, and it’s not easy.”