Orlando approves regulations for Uber, Lyft

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Author: Matthew Richardson
Publisher: Orlando Business Journal
Date: December 15, 2014

Orlando’s city council on Dec. 15 approved an ordinance to allow ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to operate legally in the city. The ordinance will go into effect Feb. 1.

Uber and Lyft now must charge the same rate as taxis in Orlando — $2.40 cents a mile — which levels the playing field, said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The two companies and the city officials were previously at odds over the proposed regulations because initially the city wanted to raise fare rates 25 percent higher than traditional taxis in Orlando.

In addition to the revised ordinance, the cost of permits has been reduced from $500 to $250 and the renewal fee for the permits was reduced from $300 to $200. This rule applies to both ride-share companies and taxi companies. Read more here.