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

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Either way, the company will almost certainly face the same blowback from the county. The service apparently decided it's worth paying the regular fines to break into Miami-Dade.

Earlier this week, Uber posted job listings for a new office in Miami, suggesting this is a long-term move to infiltrate the area:

via Uber.com

Uber sent Riptide a statement about the move:

Starting at noon today uberX launches in Miami. Over the past two years tens of thousands of South Florida residents and visitors have opened the Uber app to connect with a safe, reliable and affordable ride only to find their transportation needs couldn't be met. Today, Miami joins over 120 cities in 37 countries around the world where riders have more choices and drivers have access to more economic opportunities. UberX is 27% cheaper than a taxi and is free until June 20. Since Uber is still in testing phase, there may be times when availability is limited.

A spokeswoman tells the Herald that the San Francisco-based company will continue working with regulators to try to change the laws. "What we're hearing more and more is an urging and an excitement to try to work to find a solution," Rachel Holt tells the daily.

In the meantime, expect fines to roll in and pressure to increase from the taxi union to fight the service.

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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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