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Broward Commissioners Hold Workshop on Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft

DATE: January 5, 2015
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
PHONE: 954-357-8053

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss vehicle for hire services such as Uber and Lyft tomorrow, Tuesday, January 6 at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 430 in Fort Lauderdale. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be webcast on Video Central. 

In November the
Broward County Commission requested a cease and desist letter be sent to Uber and other transportation companies who have similar operations. 

The companies use an internet application to match up drivers in private vehicles to customers who are seeking transportation.  Collectively, these services are referred to as transportation network companies and are not regulated by the County and are not in compliance with the motor carrier ordinance which requires oversight over insurance, inspections, criminal background checks and licensing.

Commissioners voiced concerns about consumer safety, accountability and surge pricing, where prices change throughout the day depending on demand.  The Board also questioned how these types of companies fit in with current cab services, which are licensed and regulated.

Media accommodations will be made available in Room 430 and additional seating will be available in Room 422 to accommodate the public if necessary.