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Despite court ruling, Hillsborough PTC agents will continue to cite Uber drivers

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Despite a court ruling that rejected their request that could have prevented Uber from operating in Hillsborough County, the Public Transportation Commission agreed today that they could continue to issue citations against Uber (and Lyft) drivers. “It is our opinion that there is nothing in Judge Huey’s order that prevents the PTC from continuing its enforcement actions against Uber,  should the commission decide to take that action,” PTC attorney Cindy Oster told the board. “Currently our director has been enforcing our rules and regs…

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Hillsborough PTC head emphasizes he doesn’t want Uber to leave Tampa

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission executive director Kyle Cockream wants to emphasize to the public that his agency has never wanted to boot Uber from operating in the country. He just wants them to abide by a few of the agency’s rules, which the popular ridesharing company has indicated it’s not interested in. On Friday, a Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge denied the PTC’s request for a preliminary injunction that could have possibly taken Uber drivers off of local roads. “Interestingly, the PTC stated that…

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Hillsborough County PTC promises deregulation of some rules regarding Uber and Lyft

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Having survived a proposal in the Legislature that would have prevented them from making any rule changes to regulate Uber and Lyft, Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission executive director Kyle Cockream said today that he will soon be recommending the “deregulation of some of our rules that we have.” The two ride-sharing companies have been out of compliance with PTC regulations since they both began operating in the county over a year ago. Since that time, the PTC has held…

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Email insights: Persistent (and popular) Uber sued by Hillsborough County

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Ridesharing service Uber is, if anything, tenacious. Facing a newly filed lawsuit by Hillsborough County, with which the San Francisco-based company has locked horns since its Tampa launch last year, Uber sent out an email to customers saying they are still open for business. Subject line, “Continuing to Operate in Hillsborough County.” Spoiler alert: they are. The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission sued Uber – including several driver-partners — claiming the company is not adhering to established rules for taxis, limos,…

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Jeff Brandes bill would reduce local choice of representation on Hillsborough County PTC

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St. Petersburg GOP state Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed legislation that would allow share-riding companies Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Florida, and would also change the current composition of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission — an agency that Brandes tried to kill in proposed legislation a year ago. The Brandes bill on the ride-sharing companies is similar to its companion in the House filed last week by Fort Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz in many respects. They both impose state…

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