With the rise of affordable, technology-based, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft challenging the relevance of, and taking clients from, more established taxi services, these companies and their driver’s have spent a great deal of time in the news lately.
This relatively new form of transportation has left local governments throughout the country scrambling to figure out how they should regulate the services, while simultaneously dealing with the loud protests of taxi companies and unions who are frustrated at losing money and angry that these transportation networking companies, whose clients request them to come at a certain time for pick-up, don’t have to wait in established queues for passengers.
In many cases, this has resulted in legal action being taken against the companies and their drivers to try to prevent them from doing business, particularly at airports. The ride-sharing companies have won major victories in some places, but still face an uphill battle in many others.
In Texas, the state Transportation Code section 22.0815 states:
A person commits an offense if, within the boundaries of an airport operated or controlled by a joint board for which the constituent agencies are populous home-rule municipalities, the person:
Under this statute, the drivers who work for these ride-sharing companies in Texas, even with the proper permits and documentation, can face prosecution for picking up fares at certain airports. If you are charged with violating the above statute, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
Some of the larger airports, like Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, have recently bowed to pressure to lift ride-sharing restrictions due in large part to the immense popularity of these companies. However, with unfair and selectively enforced laws still on the books in Texas, drivers who lawfully arrive at many Texas airports who have the proper permits and licenses to pick up and transport fares are in danger of having their way of life and income production stripped from them.
The Medlin Law Firm believes you have a right to lawfully conduct business and earn a living wage without the threat of airport solicitation charges. If you need a strong and experienced defense of your ride-sharing business, please give us a call and let us fight for your rights.