Uber and Lyft cheer as ridesharing bill passes State House

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Ridesharing giants Uber and Lyft are in high spirits after the Florida House of Representative unanimously passed legislation that would put in place a regulatory framework that would allow ridesharing companies to operate in the sunshine state.

HB 221 passed 115-0 and now heads to the Senate where companion legislation has already been filed.

“Today the Florida House overwhelmingly recognized that Florida needs a single, comprehensive set of rules for ridesharing.” said a statement from Lyft Senior Policy Communications, Chelsea Harrison “Lyft is grateful to Speaker Corcoran and his leadership team for their work on this issue. This framework will ensure that Floridians continue to enjoy the convenient, affordable rides Lyft provides across the state. We look forward to working with the Florida Senate to advance this legislation to the Governor’s desk for his signature.”

The legislation puts in place insurance and safety requirements that would allow drivers to operate in compliance. Last year a similar bill died in the Senate after it was opposed by the leadership. Taxi companies have also fought efforts regulate ridesharing bills and ordinances in the past.

“Ridesharing has changed the way residents and more than 110 million visitors travel around Florida communities. We are encouraged by today’s vote, and the movement of Senate Bill 340, and look forward to working toward creating a permanent home for Uber in our state.” said Kasra Moshkani, General Manager, Uber South Florida.

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