Monday, August 25, 2014
Gov Quinn Vetoes Bills That Would Have Placed Tougher Regulations on Ride-Sharing Firms
BREAKING -- Gov Quinn VETOES two bills that would have place tougher regulation and restrictions on ride sharing businesses -- like Uber and Lyft. In a veto statement, the Gov said, "a one-size-fits-all approach" is the wrong way to go and that ride-sharing businesses are "best regulated at the local level." The bills that were passed this spring and supported by cab companies would have required drivers who wish to use their personal vehicle to make money picking up passengers -- to pay higher fees on face stricter regulations -- that the ride-sharing firms argued would have been so expensive and difficult to comply with, that the regulations would have put the ride-sharing firms out of business The two pieces of legislation that were vetoed are HB4075 and HB5331, which were supported by taxi drivers, who said it would have protected riders and drivers. UBER argues it already has a more stringent background check on drivers that do cab companies in Illinois -- and told the Illinois Channel in an interview, that it has rejected some Illinois cabbies who applied to drive for UBER, because they had felony convictions in other states -- where Illinois only checks cabbies for convictions in Illinois. In a statement issued earlier today, Gov Quinn's opponent in the November election, Bruce Rauner, had urged the Governor to Veto the legislation.