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Today, Miami-Dade County’s visionary leadership introduced legislation to bring transportation innovation to the Magic City — a bill that represents bold, real change for residents, visitors and small businesses alike. If enacted, Miami-Dade County will be the first major city in the U.S. to unwind anti-competitive taxi laws that have imposed extreme limits on consumer choice and small business growth. This legislation, introduced by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, is a great step forward for the city of Miami.

Here are the big changes:

One-hour minimum wait time rule will be struck
THE WAY IT IS: Currently, if you request a town car and it arrives in 15 minutes, by law you must wait an additional 45 minutes before you are legally allowed to get into the vehicle. If you get in that car before waiting an hour from your request, the car can be impounded and the driver fined.

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE:  Why would you want to wait an hour to get where you need to go? It sounds obvious, but if this legislation passes, when you request a town car and it comes in a few minutes, you’ll be legally allowed to get in the car and get on your way immediately!

No more $70 price minimum
THE WAY IT IS: Currently, if you want to hire a driver to go from your apartment in Coconut Grove to dinner in the Design District, you must pay no less than $70, over 30 times the minimum price of a cab!

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE: If you want to take a 10 minute trip, you shouldn’t have to pay for 2 hours of service. A nice ride in Miami shouldn’t be just for the rich!  This legislation would allow you to take quick trips in the city without having to shell out your entire paycheck for the privilege.

Fixed limits on the number of town cars
THE WAY IT IS: There are only 625 licenses available for town cars and other sedans in Miami Dade County. What this means is that if a sedan company owner is doing well and wants to add more town cars, he cannot grow his business unless some other sedan business shrinks.

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE: If a small business owner wants to grow his business, he shouldn’t need to convince someone else to shrink theirs. Let businesses compete, and give them the ability to create jobs. For every sedan on the market Miami gains up to two jobs.  When this law is passed, Miami will see thousands of jobs created as transportation providers are finally allowed to grow their business without asking for permission from their competitors.

A great start but still more to do:
This legislation makes huge strides to allow transportation alternatives in Miami-Dade County. This proposal, however, is designed around luxury services, and doesn’t yet tackle lower-cost transportation options – (how about that sleek black Prius pickup for a more economical way to get around?!). We hope that in the future additional change will provide Miami with access to the full range of personal transportation services including lower-cost options.

Over the coming months, we expect that the Economic Development Committee and full Commission will consider this legislation. We’re truly excited about the future of transportation in Miami and we will keep you updated on the latest right here and @Uber_Miami!

Stay Uber Miami!

The Uber Team

Uber is a technology company that has developed a smartphone application providing consumers and drivers with an efficient, reliable way to request transportation from licensed transportation providers.  Our app puts a private driver at the touch of a button, connecting drivers to passengers in 30+ cities around the world.   Download the app + find out more at www.uber.com/go.

 

 

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