HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- The popular ridesharing company Uber has increased its defense against new ridesharing regulations under consideration by the Public Transportation Commission.
According to our news partners at the Tampa Bay Times, the regulations will be voted upon Wednesday.
Strict ridesharing rules has eliminated Uber and Lyft's presence in other cities, such as Austin, Texas.
Lobbyists for Uber told the Times that Tampa could be without ridesharing options if the new rules are passed.
PTC board members said that the rules are meant to ensure the safety of riders and drivers.
The list of regulations under consideration are:
- $7.00 minimum fare.
- Seven-minute minimum wait time for passengers.
- Annual vehicle inspections.
- Fingerprint-based background checks.
Uber has responded to the threat of these regulations by filing a motion with an appellate court to block PTC from having jurisdiction over ridheshare companies.
Attorneys for Uber also issued a letter saying that PTC failed to comply with state law when it did not post an agenda on its website before Wednesday's meeting in violation of the Florida Administrative Procedures Act.
An online petition which has received more than 1,800 signatures is asking PTC board members to not pass the rules.
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