UBER’s HB 1389 IS BIASED AND flawed:
Florida State senate’s new bill HB 1389 is filled with flaws and does not address public safety, public interests, and is aimed in advancing interests of venture funded Uber that wants to operate on their own terms. So I will begin by brief introduction of the bill, examining the bill and question some issues that require questioning and cross examination.
First the bill wants to void county government control (taxi and limousine Commissions, and take on the role of county governments. In another words, the state creates, amends, modifies, and enforces all rules as they see fit for each and every county within state of Florida for the Limousine industry. This no similar as if the federal government marched in and took control of state motor vehicle department and decide to make ONE Universal set of motor vehicular rule for all states- and even tell you that the federal government is responsible for all audits and enforcements. This is exactly what the state senate of Florida wants to do.
My first question is that do residents of Miami desire the same rules for their transportation as ones who reside in Orange County? My next question can the state government micro manage and handle consumer complaints for every county within the state of Florida? Now let us further examine the vaguely written bill.
The bill cites that limousines should be made on a pre-arrangement without specifying how far in advance shall reservation be made. The prearrangment rules were made to separate taxis from limousines, because shady operators wore limo outfit while operating a taxis without paying for taxi permits and registering and licensing of a taxicab. Most counties taxi and livery commissions have made prearrangemt rules 30minutes to an hour, and set minimum fares to resolve these conflicts. So what is a an advance reservation time? Bill 1389 being vaguely written seem to a disadvantage for legitimate taxi transportation companies and be in support of Uber which has been offering on demand transportation with 2minute eta, 8 minute eta’s.
In addiition, Bill 1389 fails to protect consumers from overcharges and abuses of price gouging, whereas the county commissions have set strict and clear language about overcharges. The bill vaguely writes about fare calculations to be on basis of distance and time and flat rates where necessary. The bill does not outline devices are to be used for chauffeured cars. County commissions clearly did not allow metering instruments in chauffeured limousines to separate conflicts of interest.
The bill being vaguely written seems more intentional and in best interest of Uber.
Uber fares are being measured similar to taxis metering, and has undercut taxi rates on the UberX service. In addition, Uber has been abusing customers by price gouging them at busier times.
So the Florida Senate needs to clarify the advance time to make a reservation just as the county taxi commissions have done. In addition, they shall set fare minimums and establish a clear policy on price gouging and overcharges. Does the state intend on a universal one size fits all minimum reservation time for all?
The bill then goes onto states that all vehicles shall be no older than ten years in service. Well this seems to be more of a taxi service, because anyone who is operating a car that old can compete with taxis.
The bill goes onto minimizing the liability insurance requirements, and replace a commercial for hire vehicle policy to a personal auto liability coverages and driver/owner of car may purchase supplemental umbrella insurance policy. Again, these rules do not mirror chauffeured luxury limousine industry. Rather it is pretty much more of a taxi disguised in a limo outfit.
This is exactly why Uber wants deregulation at state level so they can operate private driver owned cars on UberX, These private cars on UberX do not have to pay for permits, commercial for hire vehicle insuarnce policies, drug tests, and all the other costs that associated with for hire vehicle. Given them having these advantages, they can undercut taxis and operate outside rules and regulations. With taxis becoming almost extinct, then UBER can price gouge when hey want, how they want and whenever they want.
Will consumers file price gouging, driver and ompany complaints with state? Can state handle every counties needs in a timely manner as the county taxi and limo commissions do? Does the one size fits all work for all Florida? Bill 1389 should not be ratifies because it is written poorly and does not work in best interest of public, laborers, and industry.
Uber has always claimed that the industry in anti technology and does not want competition. Well why did Uber sabotage another mobile car service ordering app in November 2013 in New York by ordering cars and then canceling rides?