Uber Celebrates Milestone in Tallahassee

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 05:34:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As the city of Tallahassee is poised to talk about the future of the car sharing service Uber later this month at the commission meeting, the company celebrates its success in the Capital City.

The company says the service has facilitated more than 8-million rides throughout the state, but it's success does not come without reservations.

In February, city commissioners considered an ordinance that would have regulated the ride sharing service, requiring them to apply for a vehicle-for-hire permit, among other changes.

The ordinance however, was met with backlash from the company and its drivers.

Now, city leaders are back to the drawing board, expected to announce a significantly revised ordinance at their meeting on June 17.

Monday, as Uber held their appreciation event, that new ordinance was on the mind of those who work for the company.

"We've had a lot of conversations with city administration and individual city commissioners to really create a regulatory framework that makes sense," said Uber Public Policy Representative Cesar Fernandez. "That's not overly burdensome on these individual small businesses that are operating as our driver partners here in Tallahassee. But we're certainly pushing for a regulatory framework that we've seen in over thirty cities and states throughout the country."

Following the June 17 revised ordinance, the city commission also plans to hold a public hearing on Uber. That will take place on June 24.