Lee commissioners vote to apply additional rules to ride-sharing companies

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A vote by the Lee County Commission on Tuesday applies the brakes on ridesharing companies like Uber.

After two hours of community comment, the board voted to add the same regulation for companies like Uber that they use for taxi companies.

Many of the people who stood before the commission Tuesday are part-time drivers for Uber. They were hoping the commission would delay their vote in order to give Uber more time to negotiate a compromise.

Commissioners voted five to zero to streamline their current rules for taxi companies to include companies like Uber.

The new ordinance requires background checks, inspections, commercial insurance and car markings.

The owners of taxi companies in Lee County told the commission it was only fair that these new ridesharing companies follow the same rules. But Uber’s representatives said the regulations ignore the fact that their drivers are mostly part-time, and the rules create too much burden, both on the drivers and the company.

The county could come back and adjust the ordinance at a later time. Both the Florida House and Senate are expected to talk about ridesharing companies like Uber and their action could impact the rules locally.

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