Vehicle fees and minimum fare rates imposed in Orlando recently on cell phone app companies like Uber and Lyft that connect riders with drivers could be eliminated in a bill gaining momentum in the Legislature.
The House version of the bill cleared its final committee Thursday and is headed for a floor vote. Florida League of Cities lobbyist Megan Samples said local governments were better situated to set regulations on the new companies.
“We feel permitting and licensing is best handled at the local level as this is how we know who’s operating in our area,” Samples said.
Different Senate bills include insurance and background check requirements but don’t eliminate local regulations. But supporters of the House bill said a statewide structure makes sense.