TAMPA, Fla. – A limousine operator filed a federal lawsuit against county regulations that require him to charge at least $40 per trip.
Daniel Steiner was given a six-month probation last year by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. He says that the minimum price interferes with his ability to make a living.
County officials say that the price-fixing protects taxicabs from predatory price-cutting by limo drivers, who are not required to be on call 24 hours a day.
Steiner, who owns five cars, says he does most of his business with patients who need transport to hospitals. He argues that while he charges less than $40 for short trips, they total more than $40 an hour.