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Florida Operators Fight Unfair TNC Registration Advantage

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author - About the author

FLA President Rick Versace  updates members on TNC issues at the May 13 meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
FLA President Rick Versace  updates members on TNC issues at the May 13 meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. -- Now that TNCs  can operate legally in Miami-Dade County following a May 13 city commission 9-2 vote, the Florida Limousine Association (FLA)  has set its sights on rectifying a vehicle for hire registration ordinance that gives TNCs an advantage.

FLA President Rick Versace told more than 40 members gathered at the association’s meeting May 13 that luxury ground transportation operators are required to have their cars registered in multiple counties, while TNCs are exempt from such registrations — and costs.

“Some of our vehicles on the road have as many as seven different decals on the windshield, while the TNCs are not hampered by the conflicting and overlapping licensing we are forced to endure,” said Versace. He said an Uber driver can be licensed in neighboring Broward County, but can cross into other countries without having additional registrations creating an “unfair playing field.”

“We are not looking for a free ride, we will pay the fees required but we need the ability to operate in all counties, just like Uber,” Versace said. The FLA is working with the various county authorities to revise their ordinances to allow reciprocal operation in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In related action, some Florida operators are considering a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County for loss of business and permit values since TNCs started operations in Miami. Currently, the taxi industry has filed a $1 billion class-action lawsuit against the county for losses stemming from TNCs.

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