Hillsborough’s PTC rejects Uber, Lyft deal

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No so fast on that deal between ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft with Hillsborough County.

  • Hillsborough PTC rejects deal with ridesharing companies 4-1
  • Fingerprint background checks are main issue
  • A June 22 hearing may help create a new deal

On Wednesday, the Public Transportation Commission suspended talks with the companies after negotiations had been ongoing for almost eight weeks.

The commission voted 4-1 against a deal allowing the companies to operate legally in the county.

The main issue, according to the PTC, is safety.

The main issue is Uber and Lyft’s refusal to do fingerprint background checks on drivers, which is currently required of taxi drivers.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, board members said they want to wait for a ruling from the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland on another case of rideshare regulation.  

The Lakeland hearing is set for June 22.

 

Bay News 9 – local-news

June 9, 2016 |

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