Bungalower has learned that the City of Orlando is now towing UberX vehicles and issuing drivers citations for violating the vehicle-for-hire laws.
The drivers are getting two citations for a total $420 plus their vehicle towed.
On the second violation within a year the fine doubles.
One citation is because the driver doesn’t have a proper license and the other is because the vehicle doesn’t have a permit.
“This is the same as what happens to other gypsy cabs, “Heather Fagan a spokesperson for the City of Orlando told Bungalower.
Five drivers were ticketed last night in downtown.
The OPD operation ticketing the drivers is an already existing division that focuses specifically on vehicle for hire enforcement. The are citizens and not sworn officers.
At issue are things like insurance, background checks and 24/7 service.
“If they are not regulated there are concerns about safety, ” Fagan said.
Uber and the City of Detroit worked out an agreement to allow Uber to operate for two years.
Uber and City of Orlando staff met this morning to figure out the best way forward. The City is meeting with Mears and other taxi industry leaders later today.
In other cities it’s been reported that Uber pays for the drivers’ violations. It’s not clear if they are also doing the in Orlando.
Passengers do not face any violation for using Uber.
We’ll keep you posted on any updates