Phoenix votes, raises fees on Uber, Lyft rides to airport despite promises of boycotts, lawsuits

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. / File photo

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix City Council has approved higher fees on Uber and Lyft rides to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Both Lyft and Uber have said they will yank service at the Phoenix airport because of the higher fees which would eventually go up to $10 roundtrip.

The Phoenix Council voted 7-2 to raise fees on Lyft and Uber fees from $2.66 just for pickups to $4 each way for pickup and drop-offs at Sky Harbor. The $4 fee will eventually go up to $5 each way.

Taxis will go from paying $2.66 for airport pickups to $1.75 each way under the new structure.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio criticized the increase on Uber and Lyft. The Goldwater Institute has said the rideshare fee hike could be challenged in court for violating a voter approved law restricting cities from increasing fees on business services.

“Despite learning that it is in direct violation of the Arizona constitution, the politicians at City Hall voted once again to pass this horrible new tax on rideshare. This will absolutely be overturned by the courts, and what the politicians did today is just take more money out of your pocket to pay for a futile lawsuit and screw over everyone who uses Uber and Lyft to get to the airport,” said DiCiccio who voted against the fee hikes along with City Councilman Jim Waring.

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