Meeting today on future of Uber and Lyft

The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission will debate ridesharing regulations Wednesday night. Companies like Uber and Lyft are opposed to these proposed regulations while PTC is arguing for rider and driver safety.

TAMPA -- This Wednesday morning people are expected to pack commission chambers for a much anticipated discussion about ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, despite a final vote being pushed back.

Both companies are threatening to leave Hillsborough County if they don't get their way.

The new rules would: Requiring ride share companies to get yearly vehicle inspections, commercial insurance similar to what taxi cabs are required to have and Level-2 background checks with fingerprints.

The PTC insists the new rules will better protect you from getting in a car with someone who has things like a DUI or rape charge on their record.

Yet, dozens of local and state leaders, and consumer groups are urging the PTC to nix the new rules.

There are two more rules the Public Transportation Committee will consider Wednesday morning at 9AM that will definitely impact you firsthand.

  • One: if you were to call a ride share company to pick you up, you'd have to wait 7 minutes for them to get you, even if they are right across the street.
  • The other: A minimum $7 fare.

PTC members expect the meeting to be a packed house at Hillsborough Commission chambers.
A final decision won't happen at this meeting though, that's now expected at the following meeting: next month.

Taxi cab companies say it's about time for new rules. They say for years they've been playing by the rules, getting the highest level background checks, commercial insurance and paying city license fees. They're urging the PTC to level the playing field.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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