LAMBERT ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KTVI) – Uber in St. Louis may be in for a rough ride in the near future. Mayor Francis Slay and Lambert Airpor Wednesday took steps to lower the boom and bring the ride-sharing company in line with local taxi and cab businesses. Taxi company officials and their attorney showed up at today’s airport commission meeting to let everyone know they are sick are tired of what’s being going on. Basic Rudawsky is the President of St. Louis County Cab and Yellow Cab. He said, “It makes me very angry. The reason it makes me angry I feel the city leaders are tolerating it rather than forcing the police department to uphold the law.”
Even though Uber said it does not pick up passengers at Lambert Airport drivers have been cited at least five times. And taxi company officials claimed they’ve caught Uber drivers in the act. At Wednesday meeting the airport director said police will be more vigilant trying to catch them. Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said, “…to become more aggressive in making sure we are looking for them that we are trying to find one cite them for violation.”
Taxi drivers have to pay a four dollar fee when they pick up passengers at Lambert. They said Uber drivers don’t pay it. Jane Dueker is an attorney for the cab companies, “We want all people who drive people for money to follow the same law.”
Also Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay sent this letter to Uber saying he’s always supported them but points out unlike cab drivers Uber drivers do receive the required fingerprint background check and don’t have a class E Chaueffer’s license. He said it’s time for Uber drivers to follow the law or they will be ticketed. Dueker responded, “I think its good I think it’s moving in the right direction.” In this case the taxi officials say actions will speak louder than words; if things don’t change they may head to court. Several attempts were made to learn Uber’s reaction but the company has yet to respond.