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Lawmakers back off using budget as shield for Uber

  An effort to block cities and counties from enacting new ordinances aimed at ride sharing services like Uber did not last long during the Legislature’s special session. Just about 20 hours after Republican leaders in the Senate proposed a 10-month moratorium on new ride sharing restrictions, the idea was pulled after objections from Senate […]

Uber driver gets DUI while heading to pick up passenger

  COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A local Uber driver was fired for getting a DUI while on the job.  WINK News uncovered it was his fourth offense.  So, how did he get his job in the first place? Jessica Fontana says she and her husband use Uber to get around Naples, exclusively. “The cars are always […]

State budget becomes newest battleground for local governments’ Uber bans

The Senate is hoping to use the budget to stop local governments from banning or regulating Uber. In its latest proposed civil and criminal justice budget, senators included language banning ordinances that get in the way of ridesharing companies or any moves by cities and counties to treat them like taxicabs. The language, which has […]

County mulls allowing ridesharing companies to operate at airport

  Ground transportation at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport soon could include app-based ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. County Commissioners have agreed to review the county’s current ordinance, which doesn’t allow the on-demand, app-based services to operate at the airport. The board’s decision came after hearing that a local Uber driver was recently given […]

FTA Calls Out Uber for Ignoring Advice of its Own Background Check Company

  Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) is questioning why Uber does not require more stringent  background checks for its drivers when its own screening company advocates fingerprinting as part of the pre-employment process. Accurate Background, which provides background checks for the “peer-to-peer” taxicab company, states that: “Fingerprinting helps uncover criminal history not discovered through traditional methods, offers […]

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 […]

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