Several weeks back – just in time for the holidays – the Chicago City Council’s recent amendments to its Airports ordinance took effect, permitting for the first time pick-ups by licensed ride sharing providers at Chicago area airports (O’Hare and Midway). Among other things, the new law requires drivers making pick-ups to register with the City, display specific signage as provided by rule, enter designated staging areas, and pick-up passengers only from designated curbside transportation network provider pick-up locations. Violators are subject to fines, which for providers can reach as high as $40,000 per offense.
While the amendments do not require drivers making airport pick-ups to obtain a chauffeur’s license, studies were authorized to assess whether such licensure should be required in the future.
Pertinent city departments promulgated rules shortly after the new provisions took effect (see pages 17-18 for signage requirements). While the new rules primarily pertain to pick-ups, several provisions address drop-offs (drivers arriving on airport grounds with passengers). Perhaps not surprisingly, the rules also require providers to”record all pick-ups and drop-offs of rides performed through the licensee’s Internet-enabled application or digital platform.”