Maywood To Lyft/Uber Drivers: ‘Show Your Emblem or Get Fined’ | Police Beef Up Noise, Tobacco Enforcement

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Drivers who contract with transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft now face fines if they don’t display those companies’ distinctive emblems, or what’s known in the industry as trade dress, while driving customers through Maywood.

At a May 2 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously passed an ordinance requiring drivers to display the trade dress or face fines of at least $100 for the first offense, at least $300 for the second offense with a year and at least $500 for a third or subsequent offense within a year.

Numerous large cities across the country, including Chicago and New Orleans, have enacted comprehensive regulations on companies like Uber and Lyft. Maywood’s new ordinance, however, is much more limited in scope than those in larger cities.

The ordinance was introduced at the urging of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who said that it would help his department fight narcotics trafficking.

“It’s not that the companies that engage in that behavior, but some individuals use the services [of Lyft and Uber] to engage [in drug trafficking],” Talley said during an April 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting where the measure was discussed.

“The services are used to defeat the village’s ability to capture individuals trafficking narcotics and from seizing their properties as assets,” Talley said. “They’re not like taxi cabs or livery cabs, where we can ID them by license or registration.”

Talley said that “Lyft is kind of like Facebook” in that it is not often cooperative with law enforcement’s efforts to fight crime.

“When you try to get information from them by search warrant they don’t want to be very compliant or helpful to our efforts,” Talley said.

“This ordinance requires these different companies to make sure [drivers have] placards. Normally, that’s a regulation [enforced by] the companies, but a lot of these drivers fail to put their placards up.”

Maywood police beef up noise enforcement with purchase of new sound meters

instrumartAt the request of Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley presented recent noise statistics to village board members at an April 26 LLOC meeting.

Weeks earlier, Perkins said that she had been getting complaints from some residents about noise levels and a lack of police enforcement of the village’s noise regulations.

Talley said that his staff responded to 80 service calls related to noise from January 1 to April 13.

“The incident listings will reflect we took action and we still plan to put [an officer] out to address noise offenses as we enter into the summer months,” Talley stated in an April 18 memo.

In order to enhance noise enforcement in the summer months, Talley said that he directed a police intern to research sound meters, with the department eventually purchasing two portable devices at around $600 each from a company called “Instrumart.”

Maywood passes ordinance requiring tobacco purchasers in village to be at least 21 years old

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During a May 2 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees passed an ordinance that raises the minimum age required to buy tobacco products in the village from 18 to 21 years old.

The proposed ordinance was introduced at the urging of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who said that the measure would help deter the sale of tobacco products to minors and young adults, “which often leads to loitering concerns around retail tobacco establishments,” according to a village memo.

“Proviso East stands next to two gas stations and we found that 18 year olds capture [tobacco] products from those gas stations, bring them into school and sell them,” Talley said.

The village has a partnership with the health advocacy organization Proviso Partners 4 Health, which is affiliated with Loyola University. Representatives with PP4H have been advocating for a new ordinance as a public health measure.

Talley said that if the measure passes, then retail establishments who sell tobacco products to minors would face a range of penalties,  including the revocation and suspension of their business licenses, that are similar to those for illegally selling alcohol.

Other municipalities that have raised the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old include Oak Park, Chicago and Evanston. VFP

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4 thoughts on “Maywood To Lyft/Uber Drivers: ‘Show Your Emblem or Get Fined’ | Police Beef Up Noise, Tobacco Enforcement

  1. I do hope the police step up enforcement of “loud noise/music” complaints. It was so bad several years ago I would often have to leave my house at times, then it quieted down (through police enforcement) only to be on the rise again last 2 years. We don’t call the police over issues like this because we have nothing better to do (especially in the middle of the night); when told by the dispatcher that loud music enforcement is “up to the descression of the officer” I find that a very unacceptable response–and usually happens because he doesn’t want to get out of the car to address the issue.
    The sounds of spring and summer are supposed to be along the lines of birds singing and kids playing–not your neighbors loud and thumping or obnoxious music. This is a very serious quality of life issues. We should all be able to enjoy our homes, yards and porches without being subject to music coming from neighboring properties. We are a diverse community with wonderful homes and many great people trying to lift ourselves up, and need to be respectful of each other in this regard. When someone isn’t, i expect the police to help make it such. It doesn’t necessarily take and officer with a noise meter to make that happen–he could simply get out of the car and tell the offending party to turn it down or turn it off–if you could hear it across the street its too loud. I really hope they step it up this year and we have a “peaceful” summer

    1. TK: Wow! I am not that surprised that the “loud noise/music” has gotten out of hand in the village of Maywood. I hope that the Maywood police department and Chief Talley will promise his word that they can do something about this nonsense.

  2. Chief Talley is a good man and very able Chief; he just needs to make sure the message gets passed down through his sargeants and officers that the village really means business about keeping the village quiet and peaceful. I’ve often seen boom cars that one can hear from blocks away drive by police vehicles, that shouldn’t happen. Again, we have a wonderful village here, and it doesn’t send a good signal to either citizens or visitors that may be thinking of coming here to hear blasting or loud music coming from properties or cars. It sends a bad message about who lives here and what we tolerate and most importantly, it causes a great disservice to those of us trying to make this a better place to live

    1. TK: I totally agree with what you typed. Communication is definitely the key! What I was stating during the last post is that the Maywood Police chef needs to have a town hall meeting, along with Mrs. Mayor Perkins to talk to the residents about the gun violence that the village has now recorded it’s sixth homicide.

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