(Springfield, IL) – March 1, 2012. A House committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide local officials with Illinois cabdrivers’ record of moving violations.
The Illinois House Transportation Vehicles & Safety Committee voted 6-1 for the plan, House Bill 3982, that would require the number of cases in which there was a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt and the total of dismissed cases. This data would be provided by the local county Circuit Clerk’s office.
The measure’s sponsor, State Rep. Renėe Kosel (R-New Lenox) says the purpose of her bill is to enable local officials to more easily review driving history of Illinois cabdrivers.
“Taxi patrons have a right to expect that drivers have a clean safety record before they get behind a wheel,” Kosel said.
“…[O]ur laws should make it easier for policymakers to review the licensing of taxi drivers and take action where needed to make certain that only the safest drivers are allowed to operate a taxi.”
A recent study by the City of Chicago found that Chicago cabdrivers were involved in more than one of every four pedestrian accidents in downtown Chicago.
“The overwhelming number of taxi drivers unfortunately speed on a regular basis and set a pretty bad example for everybody else,” Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said.
Additionally, a 2011 taxi investigation of court records by the Chicago Tribune found that the 28 most ticketed Chicago area cabdrivers had two of every three driving citations dismissed. The cabdriver ticket dismissal rate is approximately twice the rate for the average ticketed driver.
The bill moves to the full Illinois House for consideration.