Hillsborough County Uber fight heats up

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Florida’s taxi industry is fighting back against the popular Uber ride service with a new ad called “Uber vs You.”  The ad posted on the Florida Taxicab Association website asks “Is Uber safe?” and features news clips on incidents involving drivers for the ride service. The ad, a joint effort between the Florida Taxicab Association and the Florida Limousine Association, was made for Palm Beach County, where a fight over regulations is underway, and is the group’s first in the state. View the ad here: http://www.floridataxicabassociation.com/site/uber-vs-you/

Florida has a patchwork of regulations for Uber and Lyft depending on what laws have been enacted in various counties. In Hillsborough County, both sides await a judge’s ruling after the county’s Public Transportation Commission issued an injunction against Uber’s operations. State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), a regular Uber user, said there should be statewide standards for the service instead of different regional ones.

“To me set high standards, set strict insurance requirements but set them statewide,” said Brandes. Lawmakers left the last regular session without passing any statewide legislation regarding the services, but Brandes said he believes if a bill could get to the floor of the House and the Senate, “it passes both and gets signed by the governor.”

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