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Uber’s adoption of similar rules as taxis for its sedan service is what’s tripping it up this time; if it wants to act like a taxi service, it’ll have to be licensed. And Uber doesn’t like the whole licensing thing.
The battle between the city of Chicago and Uber, a startup seeking to disrupt the taxi and limo industries, heated up this week. Uber has already faced unwanted attention because its pricing model for taxis conflicted with Chicago regulations. Now the city is introducing new regulations for Uber’s separate sedan service that the company says could force it out of the Chicago market.
Uber sedans charge based on time and distance traveled. The company’s Chicago rates start at $3.50 per mile when the car is moving faster than 11 miles per hour and 85 cents per minute when the car is stuck in traffic.