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Broward Sets Fines For Uber Drivers And Those With Other Ride-Hailing Companies

In its fight against ride-hailing businesses, Broward has added some bite to its bark. 

County commissioners have decided to fine unregistered and uninsured Uber drivers (and drivers for similar companies) up to $1,000. 

Broward requires drivers for transportation network companies—the fancy name for ventures like Uber and Lyft—to be licensed by the county. They must also carry insurance consistent with Florida law and undergo state and national background checks, plus regular inspections by a licensed mechanic.

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The ordinance establishing those requirements passed at the end of April, but the commission set the fines for non-compliance after a vote on Tuesday.

First-time offenders will be fined $250. Fines increase to $500, $750 and $1,000 for repeated violations.

The good news is those numbers are actually nowhere near the proposed amounts, which would have reached $5,000 a day on the fourth offense, or $15,000 for an irreversible violation, according to NBC Miami.

The regulations are focused on “the safety of customers and drivers, deterring deceptive trade practices, and addressing liability issues,” the Broward County website explains.

These changes have concerned both Uber and Broward County residents. The company started a petition to keep Uber in Broward, which urged commissioners to revise the ordinance. More than 29,000 people have signed it, and they continue to do so, even though the ordinance already passed.

An Uber spokesman told Broward-Palm Beach New Times the company won't be able to do business in the area under these regulations, but hey, we just checked the app, and eight Uber cars are sitting within minutes of our office building at this moment.