The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce said it opposes a proposed ordinance to limit ridesharing opportunities at a Chicago City Council joint committee hearing.
The chamber was joined by Uber and Lyft drivers, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA and Chicago Alderman Joe Moore in opposing the proposal because they feel it threatens ridesharing as a viable revenue-generating, safe and reliable transportation option.
“Ridesharing has a significant economic impact on the city of Chicago, contributing nearly $50 million in annual revenue to the city while providing over 45,000 drivers in neighborhoods throughout Chicago with access to employment opportunity and additional income,” Elise Houren, director of government relations for the chamber, said. “The chamber is concerned that a rush to over-regulate will undoubtedly have a negative economic impact on our city and its neighborhoods and damage the transit accessibility the ridesharing sector of transportation offers residents.”
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