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Fare wants the same rules as Uber, Lyft before joining Tampa rideshare market

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The Tampa based startup ridesharing company DriveSociety has been a leading entity in persuading the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission to pass new rules that require Level II background checks objected to by Uber and Lyft. PTC board members said Wednesday the new rules would allow more ridesharing companies to enter the market, and they were particularly buoyed by the presence of Michael Leto. He’s the CEO of Fare, a company that entered the Austin, Texas market this past spring once Uber left because…

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Bob Buckhorn, others call Hillsborough PTC to reject rules that Uber, Lyft say could drive them out

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Two days before the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission looks to approve new regulations that representatives from ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft say could compel them to leave town, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others in Hillsborough County’s business community had a simple message for them on Monday: Don’t do it. Specifically, they warned the agency not to approve new regulations approved by a subcommittee of the PTC last week that include a $7 minimum fare and a seven-minute wait time for…

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Sandy Murman doesn’t want Hillsborough PTC to raise penalties on ridesharing drivers

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman said Wednesday she doesn’t want the Public Transportation Commission to raise the penalties on ridesharing drivers from $700 to $900. “I think their fines are high enough,” she told her colleagues on the Board of County Commission at the end of their regular meeting. “If the fines are being raised to control a certain business that’s trying to operate in our community, I think that’s probably not the right way to do it.” On Tuesday, the PTC’s…

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Public meeting on proposed new ride-sharing rules in Hillsborough County goes nowhere

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Since they began operating in Florida in 2014, ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have successfully negotiated to work legally in many of the state’s biggest areas, including Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. It’s been a different story in Hillsborough County, however, as the two companies have been at odds with the Public Transportation Commission, which for nearly two-and-a-half years have continued to penalize drivers for operating without a permit. That impasse will continue, after a meeting of the PTC’s Rules and Policy…

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