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The City Council passed a broad set of reforms to taxi industry regulations today that will increase safety for passengers, drivers and pedestrians, revamp regulations for effective enforcement and provide financial incentives to put more fuel-efficient and wheelchair-accessible taxis on the road.
”These reforms will increase safety and bring Chicago’s taxi fleet into the 21st century by ensuring vehicles are modern and more fuel-efficient while giving customers a cleaner and safer ride,” said Mayor Emanuel. “These advances in the taxi industry are part of a comprehensive effort to help Chicagoans get where they need to go safely and affordably.”
The reforms are a result of a comprehensive review of the taxi industry led by the City, including input from drivers, owners and passenger groups. After months of meetings, input from these groups was incorporated into the ordinance, while maintaining the focus on safety.
Measures and Incentives to Modernize Cabs:
The reduced mileage requirements will be met in phases and the options for fuel efficient vehicles were expanded to include models popular with drivers and owners, so changes can be implemented reasonably and with minimal disruption to the industry.
“These are commonsense reforms that are in line with the interests of cabdrivers, passengers and companies,” said Alderman Beale. “The result will be a more efficient taxi industry that will serve the public in a better, more efficient, and most importantly, safer manner.”
"This was a tremendous team effort made possible under the leadership of Alderman Beale and Commissioner Krimbel and the input of everyone with an interest in the Chicago taxi industry. We now have the reforms necessary to provide improved taxi service in Chicago for passengers, drivers and owners, to put it simply, we needed this to move in the right direction," said Baxter Swilley, representing the Chicago Taxicab Operators Association.
John Moberg, President of the Checker Taxi Affiliation, said “We appreciate the Mayor’s office and the commissioner for meeting with us and hearing our concerns. As a result, we have an equitable ordinance for all.”
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