FTA Calls for Consumer Protections in Proposed Ridesharing Bill


ORLANDO, FL, Jan. 11, 2017 — Lawmakers from the Florida House and Senate will announce today the introduction of legislation related to ridesharing and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). The Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) is calling for a thorough and comprehensive debate that balances the interests of all stakeholders.

“As an industry, we agree with much of what has been debated in the past related to reducing barriers and regulations for TNCs as well as taxicab companies,” said Roger Chapin, an FTA board member and executive with Mears Transportation in Orlando.  “However, we firmly believe any legislation should also protect passengers, drivers and third parties when it comes to consumer protections such as background checks and insurance.”

 A joint news conference with Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Capitol Rotunda. Additional press inquiries may be sent to the FTA at FloridaTaxicabAssociation@gmail.com as well as Roger Chapin directly at Rchapin@Mears.com.