Why Orlando’s Ridesharing Bill Doesn’t Work
In December, the Orlando City Council voted to enact ridesharing regulations with the goal of creating a home for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber in Orlando. Unfortunately, while the City took the right step in developing a regulatory framework for ridesharing, the bill in its current form simply doesn’t work. And on February 1st this ordinance is set to go into effect, threatening our ability to provide access to safe, low-cost rides and economic opportunity for the people of Orlando.
Here’s a closer look at what it means to you:
The Only Minimum uberX Fares in the Country
- Of the nearly two dozen TNC laws around the county regulating uberX, Orlando’s is the only one with a mandatory minimum fare.
- Lowering fares actually increases driver earnings because they’re so much busier, so mandating higher fares will actually reduce driver earnings.
The Most Expensive Permits in the Country
- Charging fees on a per-driver basis places the financial burden on the driver and creates a huge barrier to job opportunities, when instead the TNC should be responsible for covering the City’s costs.
- Excessive permitting fees limit economic opportunities and access to safe, reliable rides.
Uber Supports Safety Regulation
Safety remains our top priority, and we’re proud of the new bar we’ve set in the transportation industry. We firmly believe the ridesharing industry should be regulated, but those rules should not place additional burdens on consumers and hurt their ability to start their own business or get a safe, affordable ride. Orlando’s deeply flawed ordinance simply must change. We will continue to work with the City Council and Mayor Dyer to ensure we keep providing the low-cost, convenient transportation alternative you deserve and have come to rely on.
Team Uber Florida
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