FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A long-standing Miami-Dade County regulation limiting limousine companies from picking up a client in less than one hour was reduced to 15 minutes, the Florida Limousine Association (FLA) reported at Tuesday’s meeting.
“We’ve been fighting this for like 30 years and we finally won,” said FLA Treasurer Rick Versace (A1A Limousine). The regulation was originally enacted based on fears from area taxi operators that limousines would compete with taxi service.
Versace also noted that the FLA has succeeded in keeping Uber out of Miami, but added that he expects the private transportation app company to take its fight to the state capital, Tallahassee, to lobby for permission to operate. “We’ll continue to fight Uber and we’re looking to hire our own lawyers and lobbyists to stop Uber,” he added.
-- Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor