Regulations

Florida City, County, Grapple With TNC Regulation

Posted on August 5, 2015

With the recent Uber and Lyft exodus from Florida’s Broward County over mandatory fingerprint background checks, the state has received a range of responses from city and county officials on how to best move forward.

Palm Beach County will be having a Commission vote on new rules for Uber, limos, and cab companies in two weeks, over whether they will enact the same fingerprint background check requirements that Broward County mandated, prompting TNCs Uber and Lyft to leave.

The TNCs criticize that fingerprint background checks are not necessary and have threatened to leave Palm Beach if the county votes to make them required.

Read the full story on Palm Beach County’s upcoming vote at www.wptv.com.

In the city of Melbourne, officials there are wondering whether they should de-regulate taxis and limos so that they are on-par with the concessions made for TNCs. City Clerk Cathy Wysor and Police Chief Steve Mimbs — who support taxi deregulation — wrote in a joint memo, “The city code leaves the impression that we are making the vehicle-for-hire industry in Melbourne safe. In reality, we're simply applying the code and issuing permits and decals to those companies that choose to submit to our regulations,” Wysor and Mimbs wrote.

Wysor said vehicle-for-hire regulations consume administrative staff time in her department, and enforcing the ordinance is not a police priority. “Crime in progress, or a taxi company complaining about another taxi company? Crime in progress wins every time,” Wysor said.

Read the full story on Melbourne’s regulatory concerns at www.floridatoday.com.

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