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Florida Session Ends with Uber’s Preemption Efforts in the Doghouse

By Roger Chapin, Vice President with Mears Transportation Group With the Florida State Legislature now adjourned, efforts to hold Transportation Network Companies accountable to the same standards as traditional taxicab companies will undoubtedly return to the local level. TNCs (or so-called peer-to-peer taxi services) like Uber and Lyft have, of course, resisted attempts by local […]

Proposal in Fl. House Would Defund Municipalities that Regulate Uber

It’s politics as usual in the Florida House where an amendment (below) to the State Dept. of Transportation bill would defund road improvements in any county or municipality that seeks to regulate TNCs like Uber and Lyft. Rep. Gaetz plans to offer the amendment tomorrow, presumably at the bequest of Uber, to thwart efforts by […]

Policy Makers from both Parties Agree: the “U” in Uber stands for Unlawful

Florida Taxicab Association compiles quotes from elected officials on Uber’s disregard for regulations    For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015   Orlando, FL – As the Florida House of Representatives consider legislation that would allow self-regulation by “peer-to-peer” taxi companies, the Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) today released a compilation of statements from officials across Florida […]

Florida Limo, Taxi Groups Promote Safety Message At Capitol

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Consumer safety and well-being is at risk from legislation that would exempt new for-hire transportation services from many requirements designed to safeguard passengers throughout Florida, leaders of the state’s limo and taxi industry warned at the Capitol March 25. The presidents of the Florida Limousine Association and Florida Taxicab Association led scores of their association […]

Limos, Taxis Support Proposed Uber Regulations

  Florida’s transit system is a major topic of discussion this session with public safety being the primary concern. Affiliates with the state’s Taxi and Limousine companies joined lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday to back a plan regarding ride share services, like Uber. Uber, uses a smartphone application to connect riders with drivers who have […]

Florida Gives “Ride-Sharing” Driver the Runaround on Insurance Questions

  For Immediate Release: March 23, 2015   Orlando, FL – Confounded by conflicting information from a variety of sources, a former Uber driver recently asked the State of Florida to clarify the insurance requirements for “ride-sharing” drivers. But instead of getting answers the driver, Matthew Bumgardner, got the run around. The Florida Taxicab Association […]

San Antonio: Mayor’s Statement on Uber Vote

  SAN ANTONIO (March 5, 2015) – “My Council colleagues and I have been working with city staff over the last several months to balance the needs of public safety with the needs of Transportation Network Company (TNC) models. We want these companies to remain and continue to operate in San Antonio. We have heard […]

Florida Taxicab Association Says Legislation to Allow Uber and Lyft to Self-Regulate is “Ridiculous”

Association releases records for two drivers that question the standards and thoroughness of companies’ “self regulated” background and insurance checks. For Immediate Release: March 3, 2015 Orlando, Fla. – The Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) said today that efforts in the Florida Legislature to allow self-regulation by the “peer-to-peer” taxi companies, Uber and Lyft, pertaining to background […]

Uber Using Their Own App Against Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2015 ORLANDO, Fla. — According to press reports, Uber, the “peer to peer” taxi service, is blocking the accounts of enforcement officials – making regulatory actions against the company virtually impossible. The Brisbane Times reports on what has been going on in cities around the world for years. Because UberX […]

Florida Taxicab Association Calls on UberX and Lyft to Stop Operations Immediately – Citing Safety Concerns to Passengers

  ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) called on UberX and Lyft to cease operations in Florida and across the country immediately, after startling background and safety information was discovered on two drivers in Orlando, Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, both Uber and Lyft have been operating illegally at Orlando International Airport (OIA) and within City limits for months.  According […]

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