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Uber in Palm Beach County

Stories about transportation app Uber and its operation in Palm Beach County.

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Uber Florida fight pits chambers against each other again

Updated: 5:47 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

A Florida House bill that cleared one subcommittee would set statewide insurance and background-check standards for ride services like Uber, but the Senate seems poised to go its own way again. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, told reporters Tuesday he expects Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, to file legislation eventually, ...

Former Uber driver appeals Florida ruling on jobless benefits
Yvens Joseph, 30, of West Palm Beach, holds up the Uber app on his phone that connects him with people seeking rides, January 28, 2015. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

3:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

In the latest round of a fight over the relationship between gig-economy companies and their workers, a former Uber driver said he’ll appeal a state decision that he was an independent contractor and not an employee. On Thursday, Florida’s labor department ruled that Uber drivers are independent contractors who aren’t ...
Florida rules Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees
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4:23 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

If you hire yourself out as an Uber driver in Florida, you’re an independent contractor who’s not entitled to unemployment benefits. That’s the gist of a ruling issued Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott’s labor secretary, and it contradicts California’s high-profile position that drivers for the ride-hailing service are employees. “Uber ...
Uber bill speeds over early hurdle in renewed Florida fight
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5:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

A bill supported by ride service Uber and insurers, but questioned by counties and taxi owners, cleared an early stop in the Florida House Wednesday in a renewed attempt to regulate the services statewide.HB 509 passed the Highway & Waterway Safety subcommittee 10-1 Wednesday morning despite assertions from taxi interests ...
Uber ‘surge pricing’ policy at heart of Florida debate
Frank Cerabino

5:22 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

If you’ve been following the regulatory drama in Florida over the mobile ride-sharing service Uber, you might get the idea that the issue is safety.So much of the regulatory discussions between South Florida’s county governments and Uber revolves around whether the drivers need to be vetted by an FBI background ...
In wake of Uber, Palm Beach County taxi leader calls for improvements
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Updated: 7:13 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

One leader of the taxi industry wants a meeting with county leaders to help work out meter pricing and other issues she says predated the Uber fight, but which she thinks are driving customers away from taxis and into the arms of ride-sharing services. “I want a closed workshop so ...
Broward OKs new rules; Uber could be back in county by today
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3:44 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Even as their Palm Beach County counterparts have pushed the issue to Tallahassee, Broward commissioners Tuesday approved a sweeping package of rules for app-based freelance ride services that likely will draw transportation giant Uber, which left in July, back to the county. The taxi industry has said the county is ...
Uber teams up with organizers of Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
Uber will be one of your transportation options if you want to see this piece by Aaron Macsai Fine Art Jewelry at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in February.

4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Need a ride? Call Uber, organizers of the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show say.The show is teaming with Uber for its Feb. 26-28 event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.Uber, the app-based freelance riding services, will have plenty of drivers for the show, ...
190 robo-emails say ‘thanks’ to Palm Beach County commission for Uber vote

Updated: 3:12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Thank you! That was the subject line from emails received by Palm Beach County Commissioners after they voted Tuesday to extend the temporary operating agreement it already has with Uber to March 31, 2016, or until the state legislature approves rules for the entire state. In fact, each commissioner got ...

Palm Beach County takes no action on Uber, hopes Legislature does
 

Updated: 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday sent a message to Tallahassee: You sort out the Uber mess.The panel, facing a showdown over rules for app-based freelance riding services, voted 5-1 to extend the temporary operating agreement it already has with Uber to March 31 or until the state Legislature approves — ...
Palm Beach County tackles Uber rules today — or maybe not

Updated: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Palm Beach County’s Uber showdown is set for Tuesday morning. But it might be delayed. The Palm Beach County Commission is set to vote Tuesday on rules less stringent than the ones the commission preliminarily approved this summer, prompting Uber to say it would bolt. But Commissioner Hal Valeche has ...

Editorial: Uber fight, once again, shows need for legislative action
Bhav Bhasin, senior manager for safety with Uber, discusses the firm’s background checks before the Palm Beach County Commission last month. Cesar Fernandez, the company s public policy associate in Florida, looks on. (Eliot Kleinberg / Palm Beach Post)

6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Given the chaos in recent commission meetings, if not on South Florida streets, it only makes sense that state legislators should set the rules of the road for smartphone-based ride service companies such as Uber and Lyft.The question is whether Florida’s legislators are capable traffic cops for policing the intersection ...
Uber law revisions stall in Broward; Palm Beach County set to vote

4:02 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

If Palm Beach County, which is scheduled to vote for new rules Tuesday for Uber and similar outfits, was hoping for a Kumbaya moment this week from its southern neighbor, it didn’t happen. The Broward County Commission on Thursday night went through about six hours of often-onerous debate, but quit ...
Palm Beach County watching as Broward wrestles with Uber rules

Updated: 5:13 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

If Palm Beach County, scheduled to set new rules next week for Uber and similar outfits, was hoping for a Kumbaya moment from its southern neighbor Thursday, it didn’t happen. The Broward County Commission Thursday went through yet another round of often-onerous debate in hopes of finally setting rules it hopes will ...

Florida Gov. Scott: we need a statewide Uber rule

Updated: 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Scott The debate over Uber-style outfists, already a hot topic in South Florida, now is starting to heat up in the state capital as well. In a matter of days, taxi companies filed two lawsuits against the state and Gov. Rick Scott went on record as agreeing with several South ...

Uber fight growing fast and furious in Florida

Updated: 11:14 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Developments in the battle over regulating new, freelance-based ride-for-hire companies in Florida are coming fast and furious this month.Taxi companies from Broward County and Tallahassee twice sued the state over its handling of Uber and Lyft last week, while Gov. Rick Scott went on record Wednesday as agreeing with several ...
Broward tentatively relaxes rules for Uber

4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Uber and other app-based driver-for-hire companies may be on their way back to Broward County.With adjoining Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties also preparing to go bumper-to-bumper with Uber-style firms, Broward County commissioners Tuesday took the first of two votes on relaxed rules that Uber says will let it return to ...
Uber chaos in South Florida: Miami worst, with $2.7 million in fines
Taxis line up at Concourse J at Miami International Airport on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The popular Uber service is illegal in Miami-Dade County, and drivers have been hit with millions in fines just in the last year. (Photo/Eliot Kleinberg)

Updated: 10:46 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

The lanky man pounded the sidewalk outside Concourse J at Miami International Airport as cars pulled up, suitcases came out and people walked inside to jet off to an exotic foreign locale. Standing in the bright sunlight amid the heat and car exhaust, and in the noise of ascending big ...
Florida business group says state should regulate Uber, ride-sharing
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9:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Rather than seeing it as a retreat, could it be more productive to view this month’s Uber votes by the commissions in Palm Beach and Broward counties as a time-out? An opportunity to seek engagement by a higher power: Tallahassee? Calling on the state government to step in and level ...
Palm Beach County backs off of tough Uber rules; fight not over
Yvens Joseph, 30, of West Palm Beach, holds up the Uber app on his phone that connects him with people seeking rides, January 28, 2015. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

6:36 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

In Palm Beach County’s battle of Uber, this round went to Uber. But it’s not over. Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday backed away from tough rules for the giant, freelance-driving firm, which had said the rules would force it to leave Palm Beach County. Instead, the commission directed its legal ...
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