Evanston aldermen tonight will again discuss an ordinance that would regulate transportation network providers like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft.
The aldermen backed away from imposing such regulations last September and at least some of them suggested as an alternative reducing the regulation of taxicab companies in the city.
But the ordinance scheduled to be introduced tonight is essentially identical to the proposal advanced by City Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar last September.
Farrar says it made sense to defer action then because proposals were pending in Springfield that would have overruled municipal regulation of the services. Those proposals, backed by the taxicab industry, died at the end of last year’s legislative session.
The proposed ordinance — largely modeled on one adopted last year by the City of Chicago — would impose a license fee of up to $25,000 on transportation network providers — the same fee as in Chicago, with a population more than 35 times that of Evanston.
It also contains a provision that would bar providers licensed in another jurisdiction from serving passengers for trips within Evanston. How that provision would affect providers licensed both in Evanston and elsewhere is not specified in the ordinance.
The ordinance would also require providers to have an office either in Evanston or Chicago and impose various other restrictions, including insurance, vehicle inspection and driver licensing requirements.