City of Phoenix delays start of rideshare fees at Sky Harbor

Uber had threatened to cease operations at the airport if the increases went into effect

City of Phoenix delays start of rideshare fees at Sky Harbor
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Source: Seth Wenig)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- On Wednesday, the City of Phoenix agreed to delay the start date of the new Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport rideshare fees. The agreement comes after a special meeting with Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council.

Following the meeting, the City had a teleconference with the Arizona Supreme Court. That is when the City voluntarily agreed to delay the effective date of the new rideshare fees, which was originally Feb. 1. The date will be delayed until the Supreme Court makes a decision on the ordinance, according to a release from the Phoenix communication director.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a special action with the Supreme Court to overturn the Sky Harbor rideshare fee increase. He also filed a request to delay the ordinance. Last Thursday, the Attorney General's Office said the increase in rideshare fees probably violated a 2018 ballot measure that changed the Arizona Constitution prohibiting higher taxes on services.

The City of Phoenix reportedly still stands by its ordinance and legal position. Uber and Lyft haven’t commented on this new delay.

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