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Broward County Commissioners Approve Ordinance Regulating Transportation Network Companies
  
  
DATE: April 28, 2015  
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission

PHONE: 954-357-8053
EMAIL: kmaroe@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) can now legally operate in Broward County under defined rules and regulations as specified in an ordinance approved today by the Broward County Commission. 

TNCs operating in the county, such as Uber and Lyft, use a digital internet application to match up drivers to customers who are seeking transportation. 

The new ordinance requires TNCs to obtain a company license to operate in Broward County, along with chauffeur registrations for every driver employed by a TNC. There is no limit to the number of vehicles authorized to operate under a transportation network company license.  Under the new rules, TNC's must also carry insurance consistent with Florida law which requires coverage twenty-four hours a day every day.

Commissioners also approved national and state background checks requiring fingerprinting for transportation network companies, taxicabs and all for hire vehicle drivers.  In addition, annual or semiannual inspections must be conducted on all for hire vehicles by a licensed mechanic.

The ordinance also states that TNC companies can set their own fares or rates for transportation based on distance travelled or time elapsed during service, a flat prearranged fare, or a suggested donation. However, Broward Commissioners can regulate the fares that TNCs may charge passengers for pickups at Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, the terms of which will be discussed and voted on at a later date.

"This ordinance has been a compromise.  We want transportation network companies to be able to operate here along with taxicabs and other for hire vehicle services.  We also want to protect the public and do what is in the best interest of Broward County," said Mayor Tim Ryan. 

"These transportation network companies will be able to now legally operate here in Broward County," said Commissioner Chip LaMarca. "We've been very patient and if they break the law we'll come down on them." 

"There is nothing that is onerous or over regulatory in this ordinance," stated Commissioner Stacy Ritter. "If transportation network companies like Uber leave Broward County it's because they choose not to operate here."                                                

"Everybody here wants companies such as Uber to operate here.  We have an ordinance that basically requires insurance and background checks in order to operate legally," stated Vice Mayor Martin David Kiar. 

Transportation Network Companies will also be required to maintain an office in Broward County that is open to the public on weekdays and maintain a website that provides a customer service phone number and e-mail address where a customer representative can be reached at any time.