A question the Airport Authority has received more than once recently is, “Why can’t Uber operate at RDU?”
Short answer is they can, and some Uber and Lyft, drivers do.
Uber and Lyft are gaining in popularity, and our customers are using them. We understand this and are working with these companies so drivers that use this technology can provide service at RDU.
So what does the law say? NCGS 20-4.01(27) “For hire passenger vehicles. – Vehicles transporting persons for compensation.” As well as the requirement under NCGS 20-87(1) that for hire passenger vehicles be registered as commercial ‘for-hire passenger vehicles’ including obtaining and displaying ‘For Hire’ license plates.
This interpretation of state law has been at the center of our discussions with Uber and Lyft.
To resolve this issue, the Airport Authority is asking the N. C. Attorney General to assist us. On November 14, we sent a letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper asking him to answer this question: Are vehicles providing ride services to paying passengers using digital dispatching systems, such as Uber and Lyft, required to register their vehicles as commercial “for hire” vehicles under North Carolina law?
The Attorney General’s answer to this question will help the Airport Authority, Uber, Lyft and their drivers resolve this issue.
In the meantime, the Airport Authority will continue to encourage drivers to get for hire license plates and enroll in our ground transportation program which is as easy as 1-2-3. The steps are:
- Provide proof of compliance with the requirements of North Carolina Law by getting a for hire license plate
- Submit an application for a permit to RDU
- Pay the permit fee
We welcome new technology that improves our customers’ experience while balancing the requirements of North Carolina State law.