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Limousine company sues Hillsborough PTC, says they want to be ridesharing company

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With the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission poised to perhaps finally approve new rules that would legalize the use of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, now a local limousine company has filed suit against the local agency. West Coast Transportation Services filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging whether the PTC has the authority to regulate transportation network companies (TNC’s), another term for ridesharing companies. In the suit, filed in the 13th judicial circuit in Hillsborough County, West Coast Transportation says they…

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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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No deal: Negotiations to continue between Hillsborough County PTC and Uber and Lyft

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Negotiations between the Hillsborough County Commission and Uber and Lyft to create a regulatory framework for the two companies to operate legally in the county will continue, but no deal was consummated on Wednesday, as was the hope of Commission Chair Victor Crist. “We’re happy this is moving forward, obviously, ” said Stephanie Smith, Senior Manager of Florida Public Policy at Uber. “We’re hopeful that they’ll continue to negotiate in good faith and that this doesn’t get tinkered to death.” After…

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Hillsborough PTC discusses Uber & Lyft regulations, but again fails to come to a resolution

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission held a two-and-a-half-hour public hearing on Wednesday on proposed regulations that would put ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft into compliance with the agency’s rules. But at the end of the morning, they opted to punt on the issue once again, mandating that a subcommittee come back with recommendations next month. Ever since Uber and Lyft began providing service in Hillsborough more than a year ago, they’ve become enormously popular, offering an alternative to the taxi cabs that…

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