AGTA: Ridesharing drivers at airport are liability risk
Jul 10, 2014
ROCKVILLE, MD — The Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) has issued a warning that Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft are exposing airport authorities across the US to liability risk by unlawfully transporting airport customers.
“For the protection of the airport and the safety of the airline traveling public, airports must insist that they be named as co-insured on a primary liability policy for every commercial vehicle operating on airport property,” said Ray Mundy, Executive Director of the Airport Ground Transportation Association. He went on to say that companies such as Uber and Lyft “continue to serve the airports without assuming any of the liability and costs of doing so.”
Across the country, airports are citing so-called “ridesharing” vehicles for operating without proper permits. In Los Angeles alone (LAX airport), authorities in the past three weeks have issued around 60 citations for lack of proper permits, each with a $1,000 fine plus impound fees, to “rideshare” drivers. Other citations around the country have included: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), McCarran International (LAS), Miami International (MIA), Logan International (BOS), O’Hare International (ORD), Pittsburgh International (PIT).
“Here is another example of Uber and Lyft creating risk for other entities by operating unsafely and without proper licensing,” said Dave Sutton, spokesperson for the public safety initiative ‘Who’s Driving You?’ “States and cities that allow Uber and Lyft to operate without proper insurance and background checks may be exposed to litigation resulting from accidents caused by these so-called ‘ridesharing’ drivers. Uber and Lyft are exposing airport authorities across the country to the same type of risk.”
Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have issued warnings to their consumers that the insurance involved with companies such as Uber and Lyft is unsafe and inadequate.