Two important bills that could bring Uber closer to launching its services in Miami will be up for consideration in the Florida Senate next week. In an email to Florida supporters, Uber asked state residents to vote YES to two legislations that would remove “antiquated regulations” and would instead provide consumers with “choice and increase transportation options.” The bills are SB 1618 and HB 1389, and they would, among other things:
- Eliminate minimum wait times for transportation
- Eliminate minimum fare requirements
- Eliminate artificial caps on vehicle licenses for sedans
“If the Sunshine State truly intends to thrive as a destination that fosters innovation and economic growth, its leaders should stand up for more, better, global transportation options like Uber,” explains the Uber team.
For two years, the car service company has been lobbying in Miami-Dade County to remove current barriers for their launch. However, the company has faced many obstacles from South Florida taxicab and limousine permit owners. In a recent article, Uber’s spokesman Nairi Hourdajian assured consumers and drivers that Uber’s ambitions for setting up shop in Miami have not changed.
“Nothing’s changed in that the consumers and drivers in Miami are still clamoring for Uber,” she said.
This vote may just be the clamor of hope Uber and Miami consumers need to continue this arduous fight.