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    Default Oooops, Zero Integrity HCPTC Comish Crist blows it again

    So on Friday, 1 April cops at Tampa International find a woman passed out in her car that she wasn't supposed to be driving because of her licensed being pulled for drugs or something like that. She claimed she was an Uber Driver waiting on a flight.

    Enter HCPTC Comish Victor Crist holding this sad sack woman up as an example of why Uber needs to be regulated blah, blah, blah with no confirmation by Uber if she in fact was their driver before opening his lying mouth. Never mind he opposed state regulation of the whole limo industry including TNCs.

    Well hell, individuals including my self questioned if she was Uber. Got to love comment sections on news stories. Gives those with integrity a chance to be heard.

    When Uber got wind of this they set the record straight and the following report update was aired: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/seen-...-tia/116639864
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    Default Another HCPTC Exec Director Bites the Dust

    3rd one in 10 years out under controversy. Hey Moshe, you watching this from upstairs my friend? : http://wfla.com/2016/04/12/shake-up-...cab-companies/
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    Default HCPTC Chair calls for elimination of the agency

    I guess Commissioner Crist has had enough of the Tampa Taxi Cartel.

    "Crist said he has dealt with mounting threats and bullying from the cab companies, whom he described as a operating "like a cartel in this market," for years. On Tuesday, Crist said, the insults and aggression continued. Enough, he decided.

    His solution: Help Tallahassee revoke the PTC's state charter and remake it into a county agency with an appointed board with the power to regulate taxis and rideshare companies, which he hopes would remove legislative gridlock from the equation.

    He said he wants to leave the PTC in November (county commissioners rotate spots on the board). Once he does leave, he said he'll join forces with the PTC's greatest foe: state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who has filed several bills to abolish the regulatory agency."


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    Default HCPTC Chair admits agency provides a means to secure monopolies for taxi cartels

    "The chairman of Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission is intent on breaking the stranglehold he says taxi companies have on the autonomous agency.

    Commission Chairman Victor Crist, who also sits on the county commission, says the cab companies are trying to preserve their monopoly in Hillsborough by barring ride-booking companies Uber and Lyft from the market."

    - See more at: http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/pla....r3cDAFvL.dpuf




    http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/pla...ence-20160501/
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    Quote Originally Posted by alvingarfield1 View Post
    So, I just bumped into this thread and I have to see that the situation seems like a mess.

    Popcorn watching fun with the Mayor and elected officials calling for this crooked agency to be disbanded.
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    Default Tampa Bay Lightning chooses Uber

    Writing is on the wall when the Tampa Bay Lightning hooks up with Uber and the Tampa Mayor is calling for the elimination of this taxi protecting rogue agency.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/transpo...htning/2297711
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    Default Demands to abolish the crooked HPTC grows louder

    State Senator Jeff Brandes believes the emails and the choices for the sting operation show much more. “I think there is collusion all throughout this process,” Brandes said.

    Brandes has called for the PTC to be abolished. “Essentially the regulated industry has taken over its regulator. I mean the taxi cabs absolutely control the PTC and everybody should know that. We’ve known it for years,” Brandes said.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and State Represenatitive Dana Young have also called for the end of the PTC.

    http://wfla.com/2016/10/14/emails-re...cab-companies/
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    Default Hillsborough County Attorney Dumps the HCPTC

    Cities possible conflict of interest when Legislature moves to dissolve this corrupt agency.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/...p-the-ptc.html
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    Default Legislative Committee Votes to move Bill forward to kill the corrupt HCPTC

    Hey Moshe. Hope you're up there looking down upon this and smiling.

    Hillsborough legislators support local bill to abolish county Public Transportation Commission

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuz...public/2306567
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    Default 2 Serious Bills in front of the Florida Legislature

    1st Bill is to repeal the law creating Tampa's corrupt taxi/limo regulator. Could this finally be it?

    2d Bill is to place all TNCs under Florida State regulation and removing such authority from locals. It has strong support and has passed several committees. Passage will mean that TNCs will be able to operate everywhere under one license while limos will be subject to licensure by every jurisdiction they need to enter (multiple licenses and permits).
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    So if all TNC's are put under State jurisdiction, then its opening the door to finally get the Limo's to be operated under one jurisdiction?

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    Default Uber Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by TarponCars View Post
    So if all TNC's are put under State jurisdiction, then its opening the door to finally get the Limo's to be operated under one jurisdiction?
    Limos may have missed the train on this. Large operations who opposed limos under the state a few sessions ago basically screwed the industry. Small ops would be smart to sign onto a TNC for some cover.

    Amusing is that as most counties/towns don't regulate limos and cabs, if the bill becomes law, TNCs will be the only ones with the claim that they are regulated statewide.
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    Default TNC Bill passes Florida House 115-0

    The Bill is now moving through the Florida Senate and if all goes as expected TNCs will be the only passenger VFH service in the state of Florida with bragging rights as being regulated wherever they operate.
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    Default Florida Governor to sign TNC Bill

    Love it. The Uber/Lyft bill flew through both houses and the Governor has indicated he will sign. Only thing better is that the bill to trash Tampa's taxi/limo gestapo is scheduled for the 3rd and final reading.


    http://www.wesh.com/article/gov-scot...g-bill/9558889
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