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State Taxi Group Exposes Uber Driver Violations

Posted on March 3, 2015

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A Chicago taxi driver protests unregulated ride services last week. In Florida, bills in the Legislature don’t go far enough in setting ride-share standards. (Photo: Getty Images via Tampa Bay Times)
A Chicago taxi driver protests unregulated ride services last week. In Florida, bills in the Legislature don’t go far enough in setting ride-share standards. (Photo: Getty Images via Tampa Bay Times)

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) said March 3 that efforts in the Florida Legislature to allow self-regulation by the "peer-to-peer" Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), Uber and Lyft, pertaining to background checks and insurance verification are "ridiculous."
 
"Shifting regulatory oversight to the very companies that have shown no willingness to comply with even the most basic forms of permitting, background checks and insurance verification is ridiculous," said Roger Chapin of Mears Transportation in Orlando. "Uber and Lyft have made no secret of their disregard for following any laws so it defies logic to propose that these companies police themselves."
 
The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board  agreed, weighing in over the weekend, that any legislation "needs better consumer protections, such as stronger background checks on drivers, vehicle inspections and clearer insurance provisions" and that no legislation should "prevent local communities ... from taking the extra step to ensure that drivers and vehicles don't pose a danger to passengers and the public."
 
To cite examples of "self-regulation" by Uber and Lyft, the FTA released the criminal and driving record backgrounds of two drivers (obtained via public records) - one Uber driver and one Lyft driver - who recently received citations in Orlando for not having a driver or vehicle permit required by the city's vehicle for hire department. Neither driver cleared the city's background check nor provided proof insurance. The results include:
 
Uber Driver: Citation #14228
 
Orange County
2006: Unlawful speed (unable to determine)
2006: Unlawful speed (unable to determine)
2006: Seat belt not worn by driver
2007: Operating motor vehicle/mobile home w/expired tag
2008: Unlawful speed (46 in a 35 zone)
2008: Seat belt not worn by driver
2009: Unlawful speed (unable to determine)
2009: Improper turn (left turn)
2009: Failure to use due care
2010: Unlawful speed (unable to determine)
2010: Aggravated child abuse (with a weapon) - Complaint filed, No Contact order, Notice of Discharge, Bond Discharged
2011: Certificate of registration possession required
2011: Seat belt not worn by driver
2012: Improper stopping/standing/parking where prohibited
2013: Unlawful speed (58 in a 35 zone)
2014: Vehicle for hire permit required
St. Lucie County
2006: Speeding (unable to determine - docket shows "Speed/70 Interstate")
2013: Speeding (87 in a 70 zone)
Martin County
2005: Unlawful speed (78 in a 60 zone)
2011: Unlawful speed (unable to determine)
Palm Beach County
2007: Speeding (90 in a 70 zone)

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