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    The Condensed version concerning this issue:

    Moshe operates an airport sedan service in Pinellas (new site is on line). He wants to provide eco-friendly service to his Pinellas clients. Moshe can:
    Transport to any county with the Prius
    Provide roundtrip transport from St Pete/Clearwater AP
    Can provide hourly service into Tampa
    Can drop passengers off in Tampa
    Can load a client in Pinellas, drive to Tampa & meeting the client's friend or relative at TIA

    What Moshe is prohibited from doing is driving into Tampa to load an arriving passenger who he originally took in with the Prius.

    BTW - Under the special law eacted by the State Legislature for Hillsborough County:
    A Limousine is any vehicle, 15pax or less without a taximeter.

    The luxury just comes in with the "rules" of the PTC not the law as written.

    Want to take a guess why the legislature would not define limos as expensive luxury vehicles?
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    In line with the Prius Case to be brought before the Federal Courts:

    "In Mr Santos' service, passengers included shoppers in the Galleria area of Houston who were probably either travelers themselves, or local persons carrying goods which had moved in interstate commerce. Thus, the Court finds that the City's prohibition of jitney services does inhibit interstate commerce, and the Sherman Act does apply to this case"

    "A violation of the Sherman Act is established upon showing a monopoly power in a relevant market, and that the party possessing the monopoly power has or intends to use such power to unreasonably restrict or eliminate competition in the market"

    "Under both due process and equal protection analyses, a statute is constitutionally sound if the legislature has a rational relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose"

    "If the law does not have a rational relationship to a legitimate goal of government, the law may be held unconstitutional"

    "However, the presumption of constitutionality is rebuttable on a showing that the legislation or regulation is arbritrary and unreasonable, having no substantial relation to public health, safety, morals, or general welfare"

    Santos v. City of Houston, United States District Court, S.D.Texas, Houston Division

    Shaw, PTC & Tampa Taxi Cartel - you better come up with a better reason to deny the use of a Prius than "the seperation of the limos from taxi industry bullshit".

    BTW, Santos won
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    When Columinist start writing articles, stand by for a little extra wit:

    Hybrid Lawsuit
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    I've made it known that I will be seeking/instituting certain actions concerning Tampa's hosting of the 2009 Super Bowl:

    Seeking a federal court order that all transportation services imported into Tampa obtain licensing as mandated by law.

    Seeking a criminal investigation into the awarding of the Super Bowl to Tampa based on fraudulent promises/guarantees of transportation avaiability.

    Seeking criminal charges against any Tampa based operator who obtains temporary permits & leases/rents these permits out to other operators.

    The result of FITA/myself raising awareness -

    10/10/2007 HCPTC Meeting - Subject, A Bill to change the law authorizing the HCPTC to issue temporary certificates, permits & public vehicle driver's licenses

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    Orlando Perez (Hillsborough County Attorney)
    "This involves the granting of temporary certiificates, permits, and public vehicle driver's licenses. Currently, in order to provide these services, a company would need a certificate, the permits, and the drivers would have to have -- in addition -- to a Florida Driver's license -- have a public vehcile driver's license, and there may be occasions due to special events in the area where thousands of visitors from other parts of the country are here where the demand for services may not be able to be met efficiently by the existing group of providers that if you had this power to issue temporary certificates and other licenses, it would be easier for the services to be supplemented by people out of the county and out of state"

    Too late MoFo, Gotcha, On public record that that Super Bowl nod was obtained by promises that currently violates the law.

    The commissioners basically want guarantees that for their support in the change of the law - All Certificate Holders (limos & cabs) get first crack at special events before even considering issuing temporary licensing. Such to be done through public hearings. In other words, the locals get fed 1st!
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    "That's the Toyota Prius that he was trying to get as a luxury limousine just because he added leather to it and because none of the Toyota Priuses come from the factory with leather, and since he added leather, he deemed it as a limousine and wanted it approveed as a limousine."

    HCPTC Commissioner White's response to the Hillsborough Attorney's announcement that a federal suit was filed against the agency for denying the use of the Toyota .

    This is the same Buffoon busted & fined for spending campaign donations on his "threads".

    Can't wait until they dance with the federal Judge explaining why folks living in other counties are restricted to patronizing high cost, luxury transportation as part of their interstate movement.

    "Well Judge, we gots to protect the Tampa Taxicab Cartel from these here out-of-county people"
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    http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12153

    Did anyone read this in the news section?

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    In the news, the PTC has hired a lobbyist to help push Bills through to make changes to the law. One change would be allowance of the PTC to offer temporary licensing to out-of-state Operators for large special events such as the Super Bowl.

    For the Tampa Operators not on the elite inside, Get ready to eat scraps if this Bill is pushed into law.

    In the meantime, I'm on page 4 of who knows how many for a request of a FBI criminal investigation into the bidding & awarding process of the 2009 Super Bowl.

    Did Houston & Atlanta lose hosting the 2009 Super Bowl because of transportation promises made by Tampa that they knew violated State Law?
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    Warning, Do Not Try This (unless you got guts)

    Word is that a HCPTC Inspector approached a 15pax motor carrier in Tampa Sunday & asked him if he was operating without HCPTC licensing.

    The Driver told him, "yes, & what are you going to do about it".

    The Inspector shook his head & walked away.
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    Originally posted by gunny:
    With all the action that has happened in Tampa over the past 2 days regarding the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission(HCPTC), it is only fitting to start a new thread on this regulatory agency.

    HCPTC Background - The HCPTC is the only regulatory agency of its type in the State of Florida whereas its powers are derived from a special act of the Florida Legislature. Hence, regulatory is set forth in State Law & not a local ordinance. Transportation services regardless of location & demographics must abide by the rules & directives of the HCPTC or face criminal charges. With Florida being a major draw for retiree's, the directives of the HCPTC includes airport transportation services located 50 - 100 miles from Tampa being forced to limit the offerings of luxury transportation to these retiree's at either a cost well below market value or at a pricing that will doom the business to failure. This policy of limitation to "luxury vehicles" has been confirmed to be strictly an attempt to protect a specific industry, the Tampa taxicabs. The only other alternative is for the transportation service to run 10 - 15 passenger vans/buses regardless of the passenger load. Prohibited from use are moderate priced sedans, minivans & hybrids that would allow the motor carrier to offer moderate priced transfers to the interstate traveler & allow the motor carrier to earn a decent profit.

    Recent Events - Ndidi Osuji is a van operator in Tampa who leased his permit from a Certificate holder as many 1 vehicle operators do. Some months back he was parked by the Tampa cruise ship terminal & was approached by a family for transportation to the airport(?). This was observed by a HCPTC Inspector who intervened & told the folks that they must use a taxicab over the objections of the gent who wanted to use the van. Mr Osuji was given a citation for "solicitation" & he in turn contacted Attorney Luke Lirot to represent him in fighting the citation. Luke fought & won the case & as a result, the Certificate holder pulled the permit from Mr Osuji.

    Mr Osuji, now unable to earn a living found another Certificate holder willing to lease a permit to Mr Osuji. This offer was pulled when the Certificate holder was contacted by the Executive Director of the HCPTC (Greg Cox) who, as reported & confirmed through interviews, was intimidated by Cox to pull the offer of leasing the permit.

    Mr Osuji contacted myself through the FITA website & we discussed on numerous occasions, options with emphasis on contacting the media & moving on into the civil courts. Mr. Osuji contacted an invesigative reporter, Mike Deeson, who has been working with several members of FITA waiting for the right story to break & he jumped on Mr Osuji's story of civil rights violation of being "blackballed":
    Blackballed

    During the 8 August HCPTC meeting the VP of FITA, Haze Andreadakis, appeared before the board confirming this tactic was not an isolated case & demanding that the board takes action:

    HCPTC Meeting

    Based on the accusations of blackballing, concern of financials, a hostile work environment & other issues, Cox was suspended for 30 days & an investigation ordered.

    Up Next - Tampa Denies Waiver For Prius (Hybrid)

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    Tampa City Council Member Addresses Hybrid Issue:

    November 7, 2007

    Dear Public Transportation Commission Board Members:

    As a former PTC board member, and an advocate for a more sustainable environment and a owner of Totota's Hybrid Prius, I am disappointed with a recent ruling that denied Mr. Moshe Leib's proposal to use the Toyota Hybrid Prius as a limousine service vehicle.

    With the high level of mileage that it requires supporting a limousine service, it is my position that it would be highly advantageous to provide an environmentally friendly mode of transportation for the residents of Tampa and the city's visitors. Hybrid cars are more cost efficient and are fuel efficient than traditional taxi car services.

    The City of Tampa recently purchased 5 hybrid vehicles for official use. I urge you to join with the City in this decision and also to be a role model in supporting a greener Tampa by allowing Mr. Leib to utilize hybrid transportation.

    Sincerely,

    Linda Saul-Sena
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    District 3 At-Large
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    HCPTC Meeting 14 November 2007

    Commissioner Scott - The question I want to ask, I know it came up about the Super Bowl and about this bill. Now, it's my understanding that in the past that we did not use folks from out of the -- even out of the area. Maybe Mr Minardi (a Taxi Baron) or somebody can address that. It is my understanding that in the past that we did not use -- when the Super Bowl was here before that there was no need for additional limousine services, that we did not utilize all the vehicles or services that were available?

    Minardi - No. Last Super Bowl we didn't have anybody come from out of the area. We handled most of it ourselves.
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    2007 Mar 20 (e-mail)

    From: Gregory Cox
    To: Orlando Perez (Hillsborough County Attorney)
    Subj: Special Act Amendment

    "I think we should start thinking about some language that adds a power for the commission to develope rules regarding the licensing of drivers, vehicles and companies during Super Bowls or similar major events in duration of less than 7 days."

    Hmmm, I wonder what brought this on? Having access to Ex-HCPTC Director Greg Cox's e-mails for 2007, he was a frequent visitor to this site & the FITA site. Even sent a letter off to an attorney crying about FITA placing his photo on the site. All kinds of good Super Bowl issues including verification the the NFL Commissioner made an inquiry regarding the pending SB lawsuit that was just blown off as if we didn't know what we are talking about.

    Must be talking good if the PTC is going to attempt to change the law. Again, if what Cox & the Tampa Super Bowl delegation promised the NFL was legit, there wouldn't be any need to change the law.
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    A little more info from the obtained e-mails to wet the whistle:


    In Part:

    17 March 2007
    From: Paul Ridgeway (the NFL's Special Events Coordinator)
    To: penny.brennalt@carey.com
    Subj: Florida Intrastate Transportation Alliance

    Penny,
    Commissioner Goodell received a very unusual and harsh letter from the group above. Do you know anything about this group?

    From reading the letter, it seems they do not want other companies to piggy-back on existing licensed limo and bus companies to come into the market as was allowed in Miami.

    in discussion:

    "It may be that we let this play out over the course of the year and then, if necessary, we negotiate with them and arrive at a decision that will allow us to operate."

    The Ex-HCPTC Executive Director calmed their fears by labeling FITA as a small group of malcontents misquoting the law. Then 3 days later was e-mailing the Hillsborough County Attorney on taking action to amend the law as previously posted.

    Cox was basically drummed out of office under questionable ethics & us malcontents are still here.
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    In reading Cox's e-mails, looks as though he was set up by a Commissioner.

    Maybe too much heat coming down & they figured get rid of the worm & the birds will fly away?

    Sorry Comish, us Malcontents are here & staying.
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    And People Say I Just Rant

    More e-mails from the disgraced former Executive Director of the HCPTC:

    24 January 2007
    Fr: COX
    To: Joe Mora (Miami-Dade)
    Subj: Limousine Discussions
    Joe, we have an individual that goes by the name of Gunny who is obsessively attacking our agency. This year, he is threatening to file a Federal Class Action law suit against us for allowing unlicensed operators in for the Super Bowl.

    7 Mar 2007
    From: COX
    To: Orlando Perez (county attorney)
    Subj: Waiver And Variances
    So, the bottom line is we can't waive anything if it would result in a violation of the law. Therefore, we have to either find a way to comply with the law or we have to amend the law so that we have the authority to waive certain requirements for certain reasons, i.e. Special Events or emergency situations.


    I would say that seeing it has been established that the HCPTC has violated the law during past Super Bowls, their daunting task of obtaining criminal convictions just got much tougher.

    Another question is, I wonder how many uninsured limousines were transporting passengers during the previous Super Bowls?

    Where are all the, "You got to follow the rules" Fools?
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