Ridesharing companies must have permits to operate at airports: Eva Cheong

Ridesharing companies must have permits to operate at airports: Eva Cheong

It is important that ridesharing companies like Lyft, SideCar, Summons and UberX have permits to operate at airports, San Francisco International Airport's associate deputy director Eva Cheong said during Tuesday's hearing.

The ridesharing companies allow passengers to arrange paid rides using apps on their smartphones. These companies are becoming more and more popular in various cities of California and other states of the U. S.

However, Lyft, SideCar, UberX and other ridesharing sites have been facing severe opposition from various parties linked to transport business. While taxi operators argue that these companies don't have face harsh regulations they have to; the California Public Utilities Commission last week sent warning letters to five ridesharing companies including Lyft, Wingz, SideCar, Summons and UberX, declaring that it could ban these companies from servicing airports without a permit.

During Tuesday's hearing, Cheong reiterated, "It's important that these companies have permits. We don't allow an airline to come in and land at SFO without a permit, so it's the same for any ground transportation provider. And these companies have flagrantly right now violated the rules."

In Sacramento, three Uber drivers were fined $100 each for serving at the airport without permit. UberX and Lyft have claimed that they would continue to work with California airports to receive permits.

Meanwhile, a senate committee of the Golden State has passed the AB 612 and AB 2239 bills that would regulate ridesharing companies.

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