uber phoneThe Atlanta City Council voted Monday to approve a plan to legalize ride-sharing pickups by Uber, Lyft and other car services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Legal pickups will begin on Jan. 1, 2017.

The city’s plan allows taxis and ride-share companies to pursue either for-hire endorsement or utilize a private background security check, consistent with state law. Companies choosing to use private security checks will be required to pay a security surcharge of $2.35 per ride.

Other highlights of the plan:

  • Transportation providers will be required to apply for an annual permit of $50 per vehicle, up to $100,000 annually.
  • Per-ride fee of $1.50 will be maintained for taxis and limos and implemented for ride-shares.
  • Ride-sharing vehicles and taxis will be subject to a seven-year age limit.
  • Drivers will wait for customers in a designated ride-sharing area supported by geo-fencing technology.
  • All vehicles must display a decal while providing transportation services at the airport.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.