Cab companies accuse St. Louis airport of turning a ‘blind eye’ to UberX

Six cab companies and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay are calling for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport officials to crack down on UberX drivers, who have been working in violation of local vehicle-for-hire laws for nearly a year by picking up passengers at the airport.

Slay has been a strong ally of UberX, the app-based, ride-hailing service in which drivers use their own cars to ferry passengers. He even supported a plan that would have allowed its drivers to work without fingerprint checks.

But on Wednesday, Slay penned a letter to Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive and co-founder, saying “it is time for you to follow the existing law.”

The letter came after negotiations broke down with Uber to set a fee arrangement to allow UberX to pick up airport passengers.

Taxis must pay a $4 fee for every airport pickup — $3 goes to the airport, and $1 goes to the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which governs vehicles for hire in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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