Uber and Lyft are now legal in the county
Yellow Taxi drivers are upset now, but I've never seen an Uber driver playing with his phone while driving, or texting and the Uber cars never smell so bad. I had to jump out of a yellow cab one time a the airport and take another because the car smelled so bad. I had to take the cab because Uber wasn't allowed to pick up people at the airport. Guess they can now.
Uber drivers talk to you, they offer you gum, candy and water; a little plus that's appreciated.
Commissioners feel that the most significant thing about this is that it helps yellow cab drivers in the long run by relieving them of expensive medallions. It was an endorsement by Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime. Their petition reads as follows:
“This moment of upheaval in the for-hire transportation industry presents an opportunity to design a system that actually works for the public, drivers and the County alike. The medallion system that requires taxi drivers to pay the lion’s share of what they earn to a middleman keeps drivers from being able to earn a decent living and unnecessarily keeps prices high for taxi customers. Drivers should be able to lease a non-transferable permit directly from the County instead of having to continue to pay unreasonably high amounts simply for the right to drive and work in Miami-Dade.”
Other Miami-Dade County Commissioners including Commissioner Rebeca Sosa spoke favorably of the idea as it seeks to give relief to the three-decade long servitude that seems to prevail in the taxicab industry. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Monestime will sign on as the co-prime sponsor of this idea as well.
I wrote a story for the Huffington Post in 2014 - "Uber is my new favorite thing." You can read it here.
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