UPDATE: Uber Set To Cease Operations At Sky Harbor, AG Files Special Action To Overturn Rideshare Fee

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UPDATE: The City of Phoenix has agreed to delay implementation of the rideshare ordinance fee util the Arizona Supreme Court rules on the matter.

PHOENIX – Both the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the popular rideshare company, Uber, have taken action in the hopes of resolving the controversy surrounding the City of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor rideshare ordinance. The Attorney General’s Office filed a Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court it to resolve the constitutionality of the ordinance.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) also filed a request with the Court to stay the ordinance. If granted, according to the AGO, the new rideshare fee would be halted “from going into effect until the Court has a chance to rule on the constitutionality of the fee.”

For its part, Uber sent a letter to City officials advising them that “in the event the Airport or City does not place a hold on the implementation of the proposed TNC fee increase, or a legal stay is not granted, we will be ceasing operations at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31st, 2020.”

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio tweeted out the letter from Uber and added, “It’s official, Phoenix politicians will drive rideshare from the airport if their latest money-grab is not stopped.”

A day after the Phoenix City Council approved a massive tax increase on ride-sharing services in mid-December, Rep. Nancy Barto called on the AGO to investigate the legality of the proposed increase.

The increase from $2.66 per pickup to $4 starting January 1, prompted Barto to file a SB1487 complaint with the AGO. The complaint requires the AGO to investigate alleged violations of the Arizona Constitution or state law.

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