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Hillsborough PTC approves new rules — Future uncertain for Uber and Lyft

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The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission Wednesday voted 5-2 on proposed new rules that still include requiring Level II background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers — a mandate representatives from those companies have said would compel them to leave the market. Though theoretically the new rules would allow new ridesharing companies to enter the market, the proprietor of one such company said after the meeting he would not enter the market operating under different rules than Uber and Lyft. The new rules…

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Kevin Beckner says decision by Hillsborough PTC to take money away from Clerk’s office ‘troubling’

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The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (PTC) is taking public money from the Hillsborough County Clerk’s Office due to mismanagement and woefully inadequate accounting practices with several egregious discrepancies. WTSP-Channel 10 reported this week the PTC has “a long list of accounting issues with Clerk Pat Frank’s office.” Those issues include: vendors not being paid on time; invoices sent to the wrong department; items deducted from the incorrect account, and several more violations. The PTC discovered the Clerk’s office was about to pay $180,000 for…

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Tampa Uber drivers protest cut in pay

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Since Uber began operating in the Tampa Bay area 21 months ago, it’s been essentially a love affair among drivers, passengers, and most lawmakers, who have battled with the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission and the taxi industry to promote the “disruptive” and innovative form of transportation. That love affair is ending on the part of many drivers this week, angry about the most recent cut in pay that went into effect last weekend in 80 jurisdictions nationwide, including in the Tampa…

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Andy Gardiner casting long shadow over Uber debate

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Speaker Steve Crisafulli called adoption of ridesharing legislation to recognize and regulate so-called transportation network companies like Uber “inevitable” in a pre-session talk with media. Yet for the second year in a row, a full-court press by key Republican legislators aimed at smoothing the way for ridesharing came up short. The reason why, according to sources familiar with ongoing budget talks: Crisafulli’s counterpart Senate President Andy Gardiner. Earlier this week state Sen. Joe Negron inserted a last-minute budget item into the budget  that…

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Jeff Brandes says regulations for Uber could surface in special session

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As of early Friday afternoon, the ride-sharing app Uber had garnered over 25,000 signatures on its website petitioning state lawmakers to address regulation issues regarding transportation network companies (TNC) when they convene in a special session next month. And one influential Republican says he wouldn’t be surprised to see such legislation brought up when the House and Senate regroup three weeks from this coming Monday. “I won’t count out Uber for the special session,” said St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes, who chairs the…

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