By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has released a letter from Lyft saying the company could potentially end operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport over proposed higher rideshare fees.
The Phoenix City Council voted 7-2 last month to raise fees on Lyft and Uber to as much a $5 each way. The council will hold another vote on the fee increase in December.
DiCiccio released a letter from Lyft to Phoenix officials saying it could potentially end operations at Sky Harbor if the fee hike is approved.
Here is DiCiccio’s statement on the Lyft letter and potential pullout from the airport:
“Phoenix politicians are about to stick it to the public once again. They need to realize this is going to hurt the City of Phoenix at a national level, it will hurt the public, and it will hurt small business owners that rely on rideshare.
Last month the council voted to tax every rideshare trip to/from Sky Harbor an extra $5 each way. This bad policy will directly hurt working and middle-class families who rely on rideshare in Phoenix. Now, Lyft has announced they will not cooperate with this targeted attack on their drivers and customers and will cease operations at Sky Harbor instead.
There is still time to stop all this from happening. The city failed to follow state law the first time this horrible tax was voted on, so it is scheduled for a new vote on December 18. I strongly urge the other members of the council to think about what they are doing and pull back on this enormous tax on the public.”