TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Uber has gone nuclear. That’s what Tallahassee insiders are saying after the ride-sharing giant launched attack ads claiming Senate President Andy Gardiner is blocking a bill that would stop Orlando from forcing Uber to charge its customers as much as taxis do.
The aggressive tactics come after a bill by Rep. Matt Gaetz to strip cities of the power to regulate ride-sharing companies already passed the House.
“Unfortunately, we have not had the same opportunity to make our case in the Florida Senate because of one, termed-out, individual’s cozy relationship with one taxi company in his district,” Uber’s Colin Tooze said, referring to Orlando’s Mears Transportation.
Gaetz agreed that Mears has too much influence in the Senate.