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Back to the drawing board for Hillsborough County PTC, new ridesharing rules

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It’s back to the drawing board for the often rocky relationship between Hillsborough County and ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. After more than two years of failing to come to an agreement, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission is now ambitiously hoping to have a complete set of rules for all private carriers by October. That’s the plan anyway, after a proposal offered by Commissioner Al Higginbotham was rejected by the two transportation network companies (TNC’s) because it included background checks for…

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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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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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