- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Regulators who oversee Hillsborough County’s for-hire vehicles want to create a countywide transportation smartphone app similar to ones used by Uber and Lyft - only without including those ride-share companies in it.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/1y7SsOq) that the Public Transportation Commission on Wednesday heard pitches from two companies proposing the agency get its own app featuring legal transportation options - such as licensed taxi and limo companies and buses - rather than the ride-share services currently operating here against the rules.

Officials say Uber and Lyft representatives have denied an offer from the PTC to come into compliance by having their drivers come into the agency’s office for background checks and vehicle inspections.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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