Palm Beach County OKs airport fees, waiting rules for Uber-type firms


Drivers for Uber and Lyft and similar app-based ride services will have to follow rules already imposed on taxi drivers at Palm Beach International Airport under items approved by Palm Beach County commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday.

Taxi drivers now pay $50 a year per vehicle and have to bear decals. The app-based services now must obtain permits that don’t carry an overall fee but instead require a $2.50 fee per pickup at PBIA. The drivers do not have to get a decal from PBIA but must show their company’s approved logo.

The drivers also are prevented from waiting for pickups on airport roads or in the parking lots of private businesses near PBIA. Instead, they’re required to wait at a designated parking area off the airport property.

The motions were not discussed individually but were instead approved as part of the commission’s consent agenda, a list containing numerous items that is approved with a single vote.

The ride services agreed to the conditions during negotiations, according to Laura Beebe, deputy director of airports business affairs.

On April 19, county commissioners set rules for Uber and Lyft and similar operations that those firms have said guarantee they will operate safely. Taxi and limo firms have said the rules give the app-based ride services an unfair advantage and don’t go far enough to protect the public.

And in May, Uber sued the county and asked a judge to block it from revealing its number of pick-ups and drop-offs at the airport, saying that’s a protected trade secret.



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