Bill accommodating Uber and Lyft heads to governor


It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for signature or veto.

Scott's office has not yet signaled whether he will sign it. WGRZ reports drivers will be required to undergo a background check.

Years of fighting between local governments, the Legislature and ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft could soon come to an end. That includes local rules in the Florida Keys where Uber and Lyft can't operate. Uber spokesman Colin Tooze said the company will be talking to airport officials in the coming weeks to begin striking deals.

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In New York, NY, the transport company has secretly launched a new program which is codenamed as "Hell", which is used to track the Lyft drivers if they are the competitor of Uber, or they are riding on two boats at the same time.

With this bill, local ordinances targeting ridesharing services would be overturned on July 1.

Local governments and the taxicab industry, which often is regulated locally, have long opposed a statewide regulatory framework for ridesharing companies. Ellyn Bogdanoff, lobbying on behalf of the Florida Taxicab Association, cautioned that the proposal would tie the hands of local governments. The House passed an identical version last week.

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Asked by the Times/Herald if he would talk about his opposition Wednesday, he rushed off the Senate floor and said, gruffly: "No".

Additionally, there would be statewide standards for background checks.

"This strikes the right balance of regulation and making sure that there's plenty of access for Floridians", said Sen. Past year a similar bill died in the Senate after it was opposed by the leadership. The idea for these rules is to not only protect companies, but also protect the consumer.

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"I think it was totally ridiculous that Uber had to be held hostage by each county and each quasi-governmental entity", said Marla Garris, an Uber driver who lives in Pinellas County. By removing local government from regulation, riders would have to take all issues and complaints to the state level. "We as Floridians need to be on the same page".