News Alert: Uber Driver Pulls Gun on Florida Passenger (again)

For Immediate Release Following an incident in June when an Uber driver was accused of shooting a passenger in Clearwater, another incident took place this week in Bradenton as an Uber driver drew his gun when an ill passenger resisted leaving the vehicle. The driver admitted to the officers that he drew his weapon, despite Uber’s firearms ban that was […]

Uber Drivers Going Off the App – A Growing Trend

  Orlando, FL –  Reports of Uber drivers ditching the app to arrange their own rides off the technology platform are growing.  And while the trend is bad news for Uber, it’s worse news for drivers, passengers, third parties and ultimately everyone who currently plays by the rules of road.   Reporter Maria Bustillos recently […]

News Alert: Despite Two Florida Fatalities, Uber & LYFT Continue Insurance Fraud

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2016   Miami, FL – Uber drivers continue to commit insurance fraud in Florida.  While doing so, they pass along higher insurance costs to passengers, drivers, other motorists and unrelated third parties who are playing by the rules.   Uber is again pushing changes to Florida’s insurance laws for this year’s legislative session, […]

Florida Insurance Commissioner Confirms Uber Insurance Gaps, Warns Passengers

  In a wide ranging interview, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty recently discussed insurance related to “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft.  During the interview, he confirmed that gaps in insurance coverage for companies such as Uber exist and consumers should beware. McCarty stated that the Legislature should look to regulate TNCs, “including coverage […]

News Alert: Uber Finally Complies with Orlando International Airport

–  Orlando, Fla. – Uber Black began offering service from the Orlando International Airport today…legally. However, the company’s “peer to peer” driver model, UberX, continues to be banned from OIA.   Part of the settlement between OIA and Uber is that the company would not offer UberX as an option at OIA and any UberX […]

Uber Sponsor Amends His Own Bill Before Session Even Starts

  State Representative Matt Gaetz (R) perhaps Uber’s biggest proponent in the Florida House has amended his own bill before the official start of the legislative session and without any hearing on the subject.  His “amended” bill strikes an earlier requirement for Level II (fingerprinting) background checks for Uber drivers.   Rep Gaetz filed his original […]

Florida Taxicab Association Applauds Rep. Gaetz Uber Bill on Level II Background Checks

Yesterday, State Representative Matt Gaetz filed a bill in the Florida House that would require Uber and other transportation network company (TNC) drivers submit to Level II background checks, which include fingerprinting for TNC drivers. “While the FTA doesn’t agree with the entire bill as filed, we applaud the Level II background checks as a step in […]

ICYMI: Palm Beach County moves forward with new rules for Uber; call for tougher driver checks

Palm Beach County Commission votes 6-1 to require Uber perform “Level II” background checks and carry commercial insurance West Palm Beach, Fla. —  Today, after an outpouring of concern from residents and visitors of Palm Beach County, commissioners voted 6-1 to move forward with requirements that Uber perform Level II fingerprint background checks and carry commercial insurance. […]

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 […]

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