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    Default Countering Tampa Taxihead/Limousine Warnings About Uber's Safety

    A taxihead posts the same insurance warning crap on every Uber story in uppercase lettering. To counter this moron I have started copying and pasting my own warning:

    Read before jumping into a Tampa Taxi......

    THE REGULATOR OF TAXIS AND LIMOUSINES IN TAMPA DOES NOT INSPECT (MECHANICAL COMPONENTS) THE VEHICLES THEY PERMIT TO TRANSPORT THE PUBLIC. THERE IS NO REGULATION REQUIRING MANDATORY DRUG TESTING OF DRIVERS NOR COMPLETING A DEFENSIVE DRIVER'S COURSE. THERE ARE NO MAXIMUM HOURS A DRIVER CAN BE BEHIND THE WHEEL. THERE IS NO MAXIMUM MILES THE VEHICLE CAN HAVE ON THE ODOMETER BEFORE BEING PULLED FROM SERVICE AND THESE CARS CAN BE UP TO 10 MODEL YEARS OLD. TAXI INSURANCE IS CAPPED AT $300K PER OCCURENCE AND ONE CAB COMPANY ACTUALY DECLARED BANKRUPTCY TO AVOID PAYING ADDITIONAL MEDICAL COSTS THEY WERE BEING SUED FOR. FINES FOR A LIMO LOADING A NON-PREARRANGED RIDE IS 10 TIMES GREATER THEN THE FINE FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE WITH A SAFETY ISSUE.

    WHOSE WELFARE IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT?
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    And how are they responding to your posts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyLimo View Post
    And how are they responding to your posts?
    They are not and they won't. I'd be willing to bet that 90% of the regulators in the Nation fall into the same category of failure to implement real safety requirements ie., how many have to pee in a bottle as a prerequisite to obtain a license drive the public in either a cab or limo.
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    Portion of the story ran on Tampa Yellow Cab filing for bankruptcy to avoid paying a medical claim:

    " TAMPA -- Attorney Steve Yerrid was in a judge's chambers Monday morning preparing to try a case he believed held great promise.

    Yerrid was suing Yellow Cab Co. of Tampa, the county's second biggest cab company. His client, 47-year-old John Michael Craig, had been a passenger in a yellow cab that crashed into another car in 1999.

    Craig later required spinal surgery to insert a metal plate in his neck. He hasn't worked since the accident. Yerrid figured damages might be substantial.

    Then, attorneys for Yellow Cab made a surprise announcement that changed everything. The cab company Monday morning filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Act, a legal maneuver that automatically postponed Craig's trial indefinitely and left Yerrid steaming.

    "We were ready to pick a jury," said Yerrid. "And it was represented to us that because this case could be catastrophic for Yellow Cab, they had sought bankruptcy protection."

    Yellow Cab carries personal liability insurance of $100,000 per person. Yerrid said he believed jurors might have returned a verdict in favor of his client, with damages "far in excess" of $100,000.

    For Yerrid, Monday's events raised questions not only about the bankruptcy strategy but also about the regulation of taxicabs and what he sees as absurdly low requirements for insurance coverage. Yerrid said he would like to see cabs required to carry $1-million in personal liability insurance.

    But Greg Cox, executive director of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which oversees cab companies, says boosting liability coverage isn't the easy solution it seems.

    "With taxicabs, if you raise it up too much, you run the risk of putting every taxicab company out of business," said Cox. "To knee-jerk and raise it to $1-million would not be a service to the public if there were no more cabs."

    Hillsborough County already requires some of the best insurance coverage anywhere, according to John Madiedo, whose Professional Insurance Center writes the coverage for 25,000 cabs in 39 states.

    The county's requirement, $100,000 per person liability and $300,000 total coverage, is as high as any in the state, Madiedo said. In Miami, the minimum required of taxicabs is $25,000/$100,000. "
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    How much do limo companies have to have there in Tampa? Anything 1 to 9 passengers here requires a million. You would think the cabs should be required to have more coverage considering they aren't put up to the same safety standards as limo companies.

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    Brandon, YES - common sense you'd think!

    Dunno - maybe taxis are lower than limousines, or this is due to Interstate vs. Intrastate regs; but we have to carry 1.5 million for every vehicle under 15 passengers. Once you hit that 16+ seating capacity, liability jumps to $ 5 million. This is DOT, which we cannot avoid given our location. I know WV PSC comes here and we have to remove wheels for all vehicles over 9 passengers.
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    Tampa requires $1million for limos. Was $300k but the entrenched big guys including the NLA Regional Director pushed the agency to up the amount. Doubt it was out of concern for the consumer but as a means to drive operating costs up for the little guys/gals.

    Too many get wrapped around insurance while ignoring the basics safety issues like inspected vehicles and if that vehicle with $10 million coverage is being driven by a coke head.
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