Unfair rules relating to which companies can pick up passengers from airports have led to a rise in airport solicitation cases.
The arrival of new ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber led to a stand-off with more traditional taxi cab services.
Last year Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport announced it was finally going to lift its prohibition on arriving passengers from using Uber and Lyft.
However, D Magazine noted how problems continued. The City of Dallas required vehicles to have a second window decal, along with the City of Dallas or City of Fort Worth decals that were already required to operate at the airport. Drivers were asked to pay $20 to have the additional sticker placed on their private vehicles.
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport has also recently lifted restrictions following pressure from ride-sharing companies.
Regulation of new ride-sharing services remains inconsistent and often unfair. Local governments are seeking to make new rules while dealing with a chorus of protests from traditional taxi services and unions as they are undercut by the new operators.
In some places, lawsuits have even been filed against the ride-sharing companies to try to stop them doing business. Although companies like Lyft and Uber have won victories they still face resistance at many airports from the old guard.
We are dedicated to fairness in airport solicitation cases. You can read more on our website.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with an offense of violating the Texas Transportation Code section 22.0815, you may have grounds to fight the charge. If you hold a permit, you have likely been treated unfairly.
If you are lawfully picking up a fare and you have complied with all of the licensing and permitting requirements, you should not be hit with a Class B misdemeanor and end up with a criminal record for doing your job.
The Medlin Law Firm supports your right to conduct business which is within the law and to earn a living wage without being hit by unjustified airport solicitation charges. Services like Uber and Lyft may be controversial if you are a traditional taxi cab driver, but they have widened consumer choice.
If you need an attorney with a track record of defending the ride-sharing business, please give us a call at (682) 204-4066 and let us help you.