Tampa Vows to Ticket Lyft, Uber Ridesharing Drivers

April 30, 2014

Drivers for the ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber will be ticketed in the Tampa area, the Public Transportation Commission announced. Drivers were previously given verbal warnings.

Fines can reach $800, including a $500 fine for operating without a certificate.

The two San Francisco-based companies operate through an app in which customers request a ride and pay electronically on the app. The taxi and limousine industry has opposed ride-sharing services in the state due to stringent government requirements. Taxis and limos must have specific licenses, vehicles and rates. Lyft and Uber have rates 20 percent lower, though drivers typically have only gone through a background check by the company, The Tampa Tribune reported.

Officials at Lyft have said they will cover the cost of fines.

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  • August 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm
    Dirk says:
    A RACKETEERING SUIT? This was NOT a RICO arrest at all. THis is a suit by limo and cab companies agianst these other companies for creating competition. Medallion laws are stu... read more
  • August 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    Dirk says:
    Chuck, I will not address the cases and your "legal" arguments. I will address INSURANCE UNDERWRITING. I was married to a commercial underwriter. My Brother was an Underwriter... read more
  • April 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    chuck cotton says:
    Lyft's owners, John Zimmer and Logan Green have no regards for their employees (drivers who are not independent drivers per the IRS 20 point code classifying status of I/O's) ... read more
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