Uber unlikely to start picking up passengers at LAX in near future

Uber unlikely to start picking up passengers at LAX in near future

Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to slow down the process that would allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

In July, city officials cleared the way for services like Uber to pick up passengers at LAX, the City Council decided to delay the process so that it could take a closer look at the issues.

The influential taxicab industry has long been opposing Uber and other services of its kind, arguing that the app-based companies create unfair competition as drivers are held to a notably lower standards and restrictions than licensed taxi drivers.

LAX, where the traditional taxicab industry enjoys a stronghold, appears to be the most lucrative place for app-based services. Thus, it is a big bone on contention between the two. Members of Los Angeles City Council don't want to take a quick decision as it will have great implications.

William Rouse, GM of Yellow Cab of Los Angeles & president of the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California, said, "We're focused on things that we think will make passengers and the airport safer. But we don't have any guarantee that even one punctuation mark will change in these regulations."

The outcome is being closely watched by other cities that are struggling to decide whether to allow app-based ride-hailing services at their airports. Supporters of app-based services say apps make calling a car and paying for a ride much easier than hailing a taxi.

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