Illinois CEA

August 14, 2014

The Honorable Patrick Quinn
Governor of Illinois
Office of the Governor
207 State Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Quinn:

On behalf of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and its more than 2,000 member companies, I am writing to urge you to preserve Illinois’ pro-innovation reputation and veto the Ridesharing Arrangements and Consumer Protection Act (HB 4075). 

CEA is the principal trade association representing the consumer technologies and innovations industries. CEA’s member companies generate $211 billion in annual sales, and employ tens of thousands of people across the United States, sixty CEA member companies are headquartered in the state of Illinois.  

Transportation and ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have been operating safely in cities across America, contributing to the well-being and satisfaction of local communities.  Riders flock to these services because they are safe, affordable, and convenient.  These ride sharing services bring an array of benefits: their availability cuts down on drunk and impaired driving and benefits traffic-choked areas by reducing the number of cars on the street. 

The Chicago City Council recently passed sensible regulations to protect ridesharing.  Unfortunately, this pro-consumer ordinance is threatened by the state legislature’s passage of HB 4075.

The passage of HB 4075 would hamper popular ridesharing services by restricting the number of drivers who could become rideshare partners.  In effect, this would mean fewer available drivers and fewer riders when Illinois residents need them. 

In addition, HB 4075 adds unnecessary red tape to the process of becoming a rideshare driver. Both, UberX and Lyft driver partners earn a steady income on a flexible schedule by driving only a few hours a week.  This bill would require part-time drivers to obtain a professional chauffeurs license – a process that requires an expenditure of time and resources and does nothing to improve the quality or safety of a rideshare service. 

inally, HB 4075 applies unnecessary and archaic insurance requirements, which increase costs for ridesharing consumers.  UberX driver partners are already required three times more insurance coverage than Chicago taxi drivers. This bill fails to recognize the industry-leading insurance that protects rideshare drivers and riders on thousands of trips every day in Illinois. 

Every day thousands of Illinois citizens rely on Uber and Lyft, from riders enjoying innovative transportation options to drivers able to earn a steady income.  Please protect ridesharing in Illinois by vetoing HB 4075.


Gary Shapiro
President and CEO