Uber Says They Don’t Need Pay Drivers Based on Fare

Uber is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit that says it secretly over charges riders and under pays drivers. In its defense, the ride-hailing service claims that nobody is being defrauded in its “upfront” rider fare pricing model. The fares charged to riders don’t have to match up with the fares paid to drivers, Uber said, […]

Passenger Dies After Punch by Uber Driver

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – A man is dead after he was punched by his Uber driver in a dispute over directions in St. Petersburg. Terry Kimball, 56, was hospitalized around 7:30 pm Friday with serious brain trauma after a ride with 38-year-old Kabir O’Farril Diaz. Investigators said Kimball had disagreed with the route Diaz […]

Fare game: Uber subsidies and cost to taxpayers: Where We Stand

No doubt five Central Florida cities had good intentions when they cut deals last year to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize rides from Uber drivers within their boundaries. The ride-hailing service could move passengers between SunRail stations and their ultimate destinations, encouraging more use of the commuter train, easing traffic on local roads and reducing […]

Drivers turn on Uber, demand $15 minimum wage

Uber drivers will join in a nationwide “fight for $15” demonstration as part of a larger campaign by activists to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Drivers in two dozen cities including Boston, Denver, Miami and San Francisco will reportedly join protesters in nearly 250 American cities and at 20 of the nation’s […]

Uber attorney: PTC must protect documents over concern agency chief is resigning

An attorney representing rideshare company Uber is crying foul over the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s handling of a public records request. Andrea Flynn Mogensen, whose Sarasota firm is representing Uber in its battle with the PTC, expressed concern that the agency had not responded to a request for documents including text messages and emails between PTC […]

Uber driver, passenger seriously injured in St. Pete crash

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say an Uber driver and his passenger were hospitalized with serious injuries after the driver pulled onto the path of an oncoming car. St. Petersburg police say 38-year-old Robert Marthaller picked up his passenger after midnight Saturday. After his passenger, 29-year-old Gary Bruce, got into the backseat, authorities say […]

Senator Bill Galvano to lead Legislature to adopt statewide ridesharing rules

BY SEN. BILL GALVANO Florida’s future lies in its continued commitment to work with dynamic companies to encourage their innovative ideas, cutting-edge technology, and vision for a better future. We must foster this private-sector growth with paralleled public-sector support. If Florida is to continue to attract the next great idea and an educated and creative […]

More than 100 Uber Black drivers strike against new Uber terms

More than 135 Uber Black drivers were out of work and on strike last Wednesday at Orlando International Airport when a new contractual agreement issued by Uber would cause them to breach another contract with the city of Orlando. The new Uber agreement mandates that Uber Black drivers charge their customers $1.65 a mile, far below the […]

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