Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Uber, Lyft regulations bill heads to governor's desk

Uber, Lyft regulations bill heads to governor's desk

Local governments won't be allowed to regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft under legislation passed almost unanimously by the Florida Legislature. "Under this particular bill, any of the fees that helped them with the local regulation, or any of problems that may arise from the TNC (transportation network companies) industry and its proliferation, are going to be wiped out under this bill". Rick Scott, who has expressed support for similar bills in the past. "Brandes and Reps. Sprowls and Grant for producing a measured final product and encourage Gov. Scott to sign it promptly into law", he added.

Local governments still would be able to keep pickup fees charged by ports and airports, so long as those ports charge taxi companies the same amount. The bill places all regulations of Uber and Lyft in the hands of the state.

"I'm retired, so I enjoy a little extra money to go play golf or go bowling, or ride my motorcycles", said Felix Torres who is an Uber driver.

We'll have a discussion about ride hailing companies and how they are impacting transportation and life in the Bay Area.

"The city was hoping Uber would comply but really took a hands-off approach", Chapin said.

The state law would demand drivers carry insurance of $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for death and bodily injury per incident, and $25,000 for property damage. Instead, the companies would need to meet statewide insurance and background check standards only.

Years of fighting between local governments, the Legislature and ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft could soon come to an end. Uber eventually agreed to operate only its upscale service, Uber Black, at the airport.

Uber drivers in San Francisco will be seeing their costs for working as independent contractors for the company rise in the coming weeks.

After years of intense debate, the Florida Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to create statewide regulations for transportation network companies.

"It's a new concept and sometimes new concepts have to marinate", said bill sponsor Sen.

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