The city of Phoenix is holding off on higher rideshare fees for Uber and Lyft rides at Phoenix Sky Harbor International until after the Arizona Supreme Court rules on the legality of the hikes.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argues the higher fees go against a voter approved state law restricting cities from imposing new and higher taxes and charges on business services. He has petitioned the state Supreme Court to look at the Phoenix fees.
“The City of Phoenix has backed down from enforcing their unconstitutional rideshare fees for now,” Brnovich said. “This is a win for consumers, but this fight continues at the Arizona Supreme Court. I will always defend the constitutional rights of Arizona voters.”
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who voted against the higher rideshare fees, also welcomed the delay in their implementation. DiCiccio thanked Brnovich and Republican State Rep. Nancy Barto for their opposition to the city fees and moves to get the Arizona Supreme Court to rule on them.
The fees were slated to go into place February 1 with Uber and Lyft promising to end rides to the airport over the higher costs.
“The City of Phoenix has agreed not to tax rideshare at the airport until the Supreme Court makes a final determination. Thank you to Representative Nancy Barto and Attorney General Mark Brnovich for bringing this issue to the Supreme Court and protecting taxpayers in Arizona,” DiCiccio said.