Fines Won’t Keep Uber and Lyft Down in Miami

June 6, 2014

3:00 pm

Miami’s new ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber have to keep on moving.

Since the launch of Lyft and UberX in Miami, drivers for both companies are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. More aggressive measures have included some Lyft cars being impounded.

Miami-Dade County code requires that for-hire services get taxicab license to assure the safety of passengers. This means that both Uber and Lyft are operating illegally.

Lyft drivers have reportedly been receiving fines of over $2K,  and some have even admitted to only picking passengers with complete profiles to make sure they are not law enforcement officials.

TechCocktail reached out to Lyft and they responded by saying:

We have received reports that local Lyft drivers have recently received citations in Miami. In all cases, we have responded immediately to provide support and we are also covering the cost of the citations and any necessary legal assistance. Throughout this process, we commit to standing strong with drivers and passengers every step of the way, fighting any citations, covering relevant costs, and making policy progress. We truly believe that if we approach situations like this positively and collaboratively, we can work together with local officials to greatly improve transportation access, safety and affordability.

In a recent interview to WLRN, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez admitted that he supports the support coming to Miami.

“I think that the technology is great and that it is bringing us into the 21st Century,” says Mayor Gimenez. “I have to make sure that our code is followed… and so we are enforcing our code right now.”

Uber has struggled to bring their service to Miami-Dade for the past few years.


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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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