During the 2016 Legislative session, there where multiple bills aimed at regulating Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, those bills died in the process, including a bill proposed by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) that was sponsored by Representative Dan Raulerson.
Hillsborough County is seen as one of the main battlegrounds for Uber in the state of Florida. Over the past couple of months Uber’s team has been working very hard negotiating a temporary operating agreement with the PTC. Because the PTC does not have the regulatory authority to regulate transportation network companies, this agreement would serve as a template that could be taken to the legislature to be further flushed out, and hopefully passed.
The PTC held several workshops where each party was given the opportunity to present their regulatory proposal. The proposals were then negotiated into a single proposal that was presented to the PTC Board by Commissioner Victor Crist.
The PTC Board meeting was held on Wednesday, and began with public comment from members of the taxi industry demanding that Commissioner Crist resign. After the dust settled from a failed vote asking for the Commissioner’s resignation, the board voted to continue negotiations with Uber and Lyft and to take up the temporary operating agreement proposal again at the next PTC Board meeting.
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