Chicago to up Taxes on Uber and Lyft

Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago

 

According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the multi-millionaire owners of Uber and Lyft have had essentially free rein in Chicago. She plans on raising taxes “And if we are smart about this, making this small increase will not hurt our neighborhoods or impair accessibility for disabled riders,” Lightfoot said in her written speech.  Active Transportation Alliance spokesman Kyle Whitehead said that that so far it’s not clear how the new rules would impact people with disabilities, an issue the advocacy group previously raised in talks with the city. (The local disability rights group Access Living has sued Uber in an effort to get the company to provide access to wheelchair users.) More info.