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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 […]

Uber Bill Up for a Vote in Florida House of Representatives – Questions Remain Unanswered

Tallahassee, FL:  House Bill 1389 is expected to be voted on as a stand-alone bill or an amendment to a larger bill by the Florida House of Representatives.  Dubbed the “Uber Bill”, House Bill 1389 seeks to grant Uber Technologies a special state exemption from local vehicle-for-hire rules and regulations – laws that have been crafted, […]

Statewide Poll Shows Floridians Against Giving Uber “Free Ride”

  Click Here for a Copy of the Poll, PDF Download A statewide poll of more than 3,000 Floridians released today found that 78% of Floridians believe the transportation provider and ride sharing mobile app company Uber should be regulated the same as taxis and other transportation providers.  The poll, commissioned by Mears Transportation Group and supported by the Florida […]

Transportation Network Companies…the Rest of the Story

The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a discussion on “Innovative Transportation Technologies” today.  Neither the Florida Taxicab Association nor any of its member companies were invited to participate, despite having some of the most advanced technology in the industry.  Given the long history of Florida based transportation companies providing important economic benefits to the State […]

Mears Transportation Adds 100th Hybrid Taxi

Orlando, FL:  Today, Mears Transportation added its 100th hybrid taxicab to its fleet.   In doing so, the company continues an effort that started a year ago to transition its sedan fleet from typical fuel only consuming autos to more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The company is primarily utilizing the Toyota Camry Hybrid as […]

Checker Cab of Jax

May the 14th we had our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating our “Going Green” endeavor. We installed and 18k propane tank and are in the process of converting 100 vehicles. We are also happy to support Breast Cancer Awareness with our Pink cab.

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