UberX Will Launch in Miami Today, Defying Miami-Dade's Taxi Laws

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After months of fruitless lobbying in Miami-Dade County and Tallahassee to change taxi laws in South Florida, app-based ride service Uber has decided to go the route of ride-sharing competitor Lyft and just ignore the regulations. Uber's own ride-sharing service, UberX, is launching in Miami today, braving mass fines and legal blowback from the county.

Beginning at noon, Miami riders will be able to request rides through their smartphones from Uber.

See also: Uber Goes Over Miami-Dade's Head and Takes Fight to Tallahassee

Uber's spokespeople confirmed this morning that starting today the company will offer free rides until June 20 to test-drive and promote the service in Dade County.

The move comes just two weeks after Lyft, a peer-to-peer ride-sharing service also based on a mobile app, set up shop in Miami despite running afoul of regulations.

Dade's taxi laws effectively ban both companies from operating legally; privately hired cars are supposed to wait an hour before pickup and charge at least $70 per ride. It's a law backed by the taxi union, which claims services such as Uber and Lyft would wreck their business.

Lyft, which uses prescreened, nonprofessional drivers who operate on a "suggested donation model," has already seen its drivers nailed with 11 fines totaling $22,000 by county regulators, the Miami Herald reports.

Uber's main business model is slightly different. Its drivers own their own black luxury cars, and riders agree to pay a set price determined by traffic and demand.

That service is not yet launching in Miami; instead, UberX -- which operates more like Lyft with a peer-to-peer network of drivers -- will set up shop.


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Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Free Enterprise over Left-Wing Cronyism


Love it.

Luke TheDrifter
Luke TheDrifter

I just read about a uber driver pickin up a gal n rapin her

BillSyrjala
BillSyrjala

This is awesome news! I am moving to Miami soon, and thankful i dont have to take cabs. So many bad incidents in taxis over the last 20 years - rude drivers, attempted assault, drunk drivers, running stop signs, never have change (then they get mad at you for only having a 20), the credit card machine is "broken", no seat belts that work, etc etc .... I feel much much safer in an Uber car vs a taxicab. Uber drivers' lifeblood is the ratings they get for each and every ride. Taxi drivers have no such watchdog. Hopefully the marketplace gives taxi companies and drivers exactly what they deserve.

wxbqscotty
wxbqscotty

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Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

99% of u fools need this..lord knows u cant live without touching your phone atleast 20 times on your commute to work...atleast THIS way u wont be eating shit AND driving at the same time...

mdefil23
mdefil23

I love this! Free enterprise battling the corruption and good ole boys network that has been dominating here for years. The taxi industry here is an absolute embarrassment for our world class city. I haven't taken a taxi here in over 2 years since some horrible experiences with rude drivers.  

Catherine Lantigua Velazquez
Catherine Lantigua Velazquez

My dad is a taxi driver in Miami and has been anxiously waiting for Uber. in response to Erin Spoonhour not all taxi drivers are lazy, my dad has been working 16 hour days for 7 days a week for a years now, along with many other drivers. Of course, there are always a few rotten apples but many taxi drivers just feel taken advantage of and have become bitter at the situation they are in, which unfortunately transcends into the service they provide the customers. The regulations in the taxi industry are terrible which require the taxi drivers to pay hefty amounts of money just to rent their permits from those who own the medallions. Uber was blocked by the medallion owners (rich people) who continuously exploit taxi drivers by renting out the permits at an average of $500 PER WEEK. The medallion owners have connections in the commissioners offices who in turn continued to vote against Uber despite the taxi drivers pleas to make their wages livable. Many taxi drivers having been wanting Uber to come to Miami that way they could finally break away from the "mafia" of the miami-dade regulated taxi industry. I actually attended a commissioners hearing with my father and his fellow taxi drivers when Uber initially tried coming into Miami. Things got intense. There was actually a specific taxi company that forced their taxi drivers to go to the hearing and boycott Uber or else their permits would be revoked. This whole situation has made me realize Miami is full of a lot of dirty business. I'm glad Uber is coming in and giving my father the opportunity to make a decent living for himself without jeopardizing anymore time with our family.

LaShawn Miller
LaShawn Miller

Cabs drivers in Miami are mean and don't let you use credit cards. They cover the credit machines with bags and always want to take you to the ATM. Scammers with no manners or customer service skills. Just angry. Hope these other companies put a dent the cab companies' pockets.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Orlando, we'll work on that after launch. Lyft claims to be cheaper than a cab, but in our everyday use we found the price to be pretty much the same.

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

Does anyone have a cost breakdown analysis of Uber vs. cabs?

innafriedmancpa
innafriedmancpa

Another attempt by Uber and LYFT to be above the law. No insurance, no inspection, no proper criminal check for drivers-what a service. They are not taking any responsibility for the service or drivers but claim that they do. READ:

THE COMPANY DOES NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, AND THE COMPANY IS NOT A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER. IT IS UP TO THE THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER, DRIVER OR VEHICLE OPERATOR TO OFFER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WHICH MAY BE SCHEDULED THROUGH USE OF THE APPLICATION OR SERVICE. THE COMPANY OFFERS INFORMATION AND A METHOD TO OBTAIN SUCH THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, BUT DOES NOT AND DOES NOT INTEND TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OR ACT IN ANY WAY AS A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER, AND HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY SUCH THIRD PARTIES.

miamiguy123
miamiguy123

uber is 10 times more than a taxi they use surge pricing you can google it they have to charge that much because they are gypsies and will be getting 1000 fines

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