Fla. Senate Passes Uber, Lyft Regs, Sends Them To Gov.

House Bill 100 authored by state Rep. Chris Paddie R-Marshall would create a uniform set of statewide regulations governing ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. 

House Bill 100 authored by state Rep. Chris Paddie R-Marshall would create a uniform set of statewide regulations governing ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. 

Local governments won't be allowed to regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft under legislation passed almost unanimously by the Florida Legislature. "Under this particular bill, any of the fees that helped (Broward County, her former area of represenation) with the local regulation, or any of problems that may arise from the (transportation network companies) industry and its proliferation, are going to be wiped out under this bill", Bogdanoff said to the Fla. Rick Scott, who has expressed support for similar bills in the past. "This legislation will provide certainty for the many Floridians who use the convenient and affordable transportation services offered by Lyft, and we encourage the Governor to sign this bill into law", said Chelsea Harrison, the senior communications manager for Lyft, in a statement. Uber spokesman Colin Tooze said the company will be talking to airport officials in the coming weeks to begin striking deals.

Roger Chapin, vice president of Orlando-based Mears Transportation, said he wasn't surprised the bill passed but it might not have much impact since Uber was already operating in Orlando and throughout the state.

According to many reports, there are many alleged people who drive both the ride-hailing services, Uber and Lyft, which marked them as they are spying on their own employees.

"The city was hoping Uber would comply but really took a hands-off approach", Chapin said.

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Companies would have to provide state minimum vehicle insurance policies for drivers that would include $100,000 of insurance for bodily injury or death and $25,000 for property damage, but passengers would also get protection. Uber and Lyft would have to conduct background checks for drivers. But most critically, it overrides local governments' attempts to regulate them.

The airport filed suit against Uber in 2014 for not paying fees.

"Uber drivers are just trying to make a living".

If signed into law by Scott, Florida would become the 49 state to have laws regulating ride-for-hire app companies. Bill Galvano, a co-sponsor of the bill.

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