(CBS) — A City Council Committee has given preliminary approval to a measure that would limit so-called “surge pricing” by ridesharing companies during emergencies.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Resumes In Person Classes After COVID Outbreak
When the CTA shut down service on the Brown, Red and Purple lines for a few hours earlier this month, people who used the Uber and Lyft to get to work were hit with fares from 3 ½ times to 5 ½ times normal.READ MORE: Lawyers, Community Leaders Calling On Department Of Justice To Investigate Death Of Adam Toledo
Ald. Anthony Beale called that a travesty. The ridesharing companies later offered refunds, but the Transportation Committee chair sponsored an ordinance limiting surge pricing to 1/5 times normal during “unforeseen emergencies.”
The measure would also require rideshare drivers to submit to fingerprinting, but that has been the subject of much debate and a study was undertaken.MORE NEWS: City Preparing For Public's Response To A Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial; Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard
So far, there’s been no report.