Ridesharing Companies Get 2 More Months to Operate in Florida County

March 6, 2016

The Commission in Palm Beach County, Florida, has voted to allow ridesharing services Uber and Lyft to keep operating for the next two months.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the commission voted March 1 to extend a temporary operating agreement until April 30. Officials had initially proposed to extend the agreement until Sept. 30, but it was scaled back.

Palm Beach County had agreed to a temporary agreement with Uber in March 2015 and extended the agreement in September. Officials wanted to give state lawmakers more time to pass permanent statewide regulations for the services.

A year ago, Uber had threatened to stop operating in the county if officials passed proposals requiring fingerprinting and insurance standards for drivers.

Sheryl Berkowitz, owner of H&S Personal Car Service, says the ridesharing services should face the same regulations as traditional taxi and limo services.

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