(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.

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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.

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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.

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So far, there’s been no report.