A plan outlining principles for ride-hailing companies Louis Lambert International Airport was delayed amid discussions with Lyft and business leaders Uber on the fees their motorists should pay. There has been A 6-a trip pickup fee removed from the schedule for Wednesdays Airport Commission meeting Mayor Lyda Krewson and because of the behind the scenes discussions involving both firms and her top advisor, city officials said. Airport Director Rhonda Hamm Niebruegge said Lyft and Uber both objected to the fee, which is $2 than cab drivers pay at Lambert's size. Koran Addo, a spokesman, confirmed that discussions were underway. Addo said the fees are the main. Addo reported a passenger drop off fee, which wasn't from the original proposal was under discussion. It had been. The commission held a vote off after state Rep. R Eureka, Kirk Mathews, sent an e-mail complaining that the fee appeared irrational. The vote was delayed because some commissioners had queries that were irrelevant. The sponsor of a state law which exempts ride-hailing firms except for airport fees, Mathews, said he was concerned that town wasn't negotiating with the ride. Asked if Mathews complaint has been a reason the mayor has been talking with Uber along with Lyft, the mayor's spokesman, Addo, reported he didn't know. Last month, Hamm Niebruegge reported the $6-a trip pickup fee for journey hailing companies has been designed to create a level playing field. She pointed out which in addition to that the $4 per trip pickup fee taxi drivers pay, they are also assessed a $284 monthly charge, which wouldn't be imposed on Uber along with Lyft motorists. She said then that ride-hailing companies should pay a premium for having the ability to pick up their clients at the curb in areas open to the public. Taxis, in contrast, have to line up along with wait around For passengers who come to a specified place outside Lambert terminals. The projected permit and fee strategy for ride-hailing companies also called for a separate $1, 500 administrative fees which Uber along with Lyft each would have to pay. Cab firms pay license charges to the regional Taxicab Commission. Airport officials say some ride-hailing motorists have continued to show up in Lambert without following neighborhood ride for hire principles set by the taxicab commission. Ride guide has been exempted from those principles when that the new state law takes effect Aug. 28. An Uber spokeswoman, Charity Jackson, reported Uber looked forward to coming to that the table with that the commission to reach a fair agreement which serves St. Louis residents and tourists alike. Lyft officials couldn't be reached for comment. Any program approved by that the Airport Commission must be ratified by that the city's main tax authority, the Board of appraisal and Apportionment. The proposal removed from the commission schedule Wednesday had been tweaked slightly from that the initial plan.More Info
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