RDU Airport has issued permits to 10 Uber drivers.
That’s according to airport spokespersonMindy Hamlin, who confirms that the drivers have “met the necessary requirements to be permitted to operate at RDU.”
Those requirements include installing an RDU-issued “AVI transponder” that tracks trips to and from the airport. That way RDU can charge trip fees.
Additionally, the 10 drivers applied for and received “for hire” tags from state of North Carolina. The drivers individually went through the process, she says.
Uber, which considers the drivers independent contractors, didn’t initiate the move. But Uber has been working with the airport, Hamlin confirms. Uber has set up what’s called a “geofence” around the airport. Meaning, if a customer is looking for an Uber driver on the company’s app, they’ll only see drivers outside of a set perimeter. That perimeter includes the parking garage, cellphone lot and airport roadways, Hamlin says.
“We were getting a lot of congestion,” she explains, adding that, so far, Uber has been compliant to that geofence.
RDU requires permits in order for car services – taxis included – to operate at the airport. Both Uber and Lyft have called the permitting process outdated. While spokespeople from both ride-share firms say they’re working with RDU, neither company intends to apply for a permit.
RDU, in turn, issued four Uber drivers misdemeanor trespass tickets for operating on the campus without the required paperwork.
While the Legislature plans to study how the state should handle ride-share companies, the cities of Durham and Raleigh have been quiet on the issue.