SCOOP: UberX halts all LAX pickups amid increased police vigilance


UberX will no longer facilitate pickups at Los Angeles International Airport, the company announced Friday in a blog post. 

“Unfortunately, authorities have taken an aggressive stance against uberX and have begun issuing citations to some drivers who pick up passengers at the airport,” Company officials said. “Although we look forward to working with the authorities to resolve these issues quickly, this unwarranted action by authorities to punish drivers and riders cannot continue. That’s why we’re temporarily halting uberX pick ups at LAX effective immediately. ”

This morning, L.A. Airspace reported that Los Angeles World Airports police had issued 200 citations to drivers from UberX, SideCar and Lyft during the past two months. There had also been two arrests, a source told us. UberX drivers have received the vast majority of these citations, the source said.

Basically, drivers affiliated with these companies do not have the proper permission to make airport pickups. Yes, they can operate freely just about anywhere in the state thanks to a recent CPUC decision. But airports still still make their own rules. And LAX has a complicated system that favors taxis and black livery cars, who jump through a lot of hoops to serve the airport. (And pay for that right.)

The airport has no such rules for airport drop-offs, so you can keep using UberX, Lyft and Sidecar to get to LAX with impunity.

I believe the airport and the companies are tying to find a fix to allow casual drivers to keep serving LAX. But in the meantime, Uber wants you to know you can still call its other brands to pick you up at the airport. Drivers with UberBLACK and UberSUV already have permission to serve LAX.

“Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get picked up by drivers using UberBLACK or UberSUV when your flight lands,” the company said. “After you request a ride, just call the driver and provide details about the terminal and door number where you’re waiting.”

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