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Zimba

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Uber's Fight in Florida Is Getting Personal
The company is aiming political-campaign style attacks at a state senator blocking legislation that it favors.

Johana Bhuiyan Mar 9, 2016, 3:08p


In its fight for statewide oversight on ride-hailing laws in Florida, Uber is dusting off the policy tactics the company notoriously employed in the days of David Plouffe — the company’s former SVP of policy and strategy, now turned adviser.

Plouffe, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, made waves in August 2014 when he announced he would be heading up a new political campaign and the candidate was none other than Uber.

While the company’s policy operations are now being headed by Rachel Whetstone, Uber’s fight in Tallahassee is oddly reminiscent of a political campaign. Today, just days after releasing an attack ad against Senate President Andy Gardiner, Uber published an open letter to Gardiner signed by six Florida mayors.

It says, in part:

While other states across the country have passed ridesharing regulations, Florida is falling behind. Our state is poised to be global leader, but leading requires action. The House recently passed a modern, sensible framework for ridesharing with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. It’s time for the Senate to take action and respond the needs of our constituents.

The bill in question, which garnered bipartisan support in the state’s House of Representatives and passed 108-10, creates a regulatory framework that addresses ride-hailing as a whole, from insurance to background check requirements for drivers. Much of this framework mirrors regulations passed in 27 other states.

The Senate, however, is choosing not to vote on this particular bill and instead has crafted what is strictly a statewide insurance bill that levies what Uber sees as hefty insurance requirements even when drivers are not on the app.

Seeing as state senators have both publicly and privately stated they would support the bill, according to an internal company source, Uber was confident that the bill would receive strong bipartisan support in the Senate, as it did in the House. So it’s no surprise the company is pushing for the vote. In the company’s mind, there is just a single hurdle: Gardiner.



Uber has no qualms about making public its firm belief that Gardiner’s refusal to allow this bill to go to a vote is tied to his close friendship with Paul Mears, the CEO of Orlando-based taxi company Mears Transportation. In remarks made during a conference call, Uber’s head of public policy of the U.S. Southeast, Colin Tooze, said:

“The Senate President was actively working to strengthen the taxi industry’s negotiating position through the insurance-only legislation sponsored by his hand-picked rules chair as it worked its way through multiple committee stops.”

This battle, which mirrors Uber’s fight against Bill de Blasio in New York late last year, is significant for a number of reasons. Prime among them is the fact that Florida is one of a few remaining regulatory battlefields for ride-hailing companies.

But Uber’s regulatory playbook typically involves the company entering into local markets, fighting local authorities, then taking the fight to state authorities and policymakers if it doesn’t win the local battle. This time, the company is leveraging its support among local authorities to try to get its way in the state Senate.

Uber is also using campaign-like political tactics it has rarely, if ever, used in a state policy battle. From attack ads to direct mail that highlights the history between Gardiner and Mears, Uber is running a full-fledged political campaign against a single opponent.

reached out to Gardiner, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
 

Yuri Lygotme

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So our lawmakers call it "ride sharing regulations", if only they, and for that matter the journalists as well, could understand that UBER and Lyft have nothing to do with ride sharing....
 
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Bob Reynolds

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That garbage legislation that Uber attempted to push through this past winter was totally inadequate. It really was bad legislation without any teeth.

Uber paid off enough people in the house to get this junk bill passed there. Fortunately Uber was not able to pay off enough people in the Senate.
 

SlurredReaction

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Anyone who is using a brand new vehicle or leased one for the sole purpose of driving for Uber is not too bright. I got a lovely cheap used van that Uber paid off in the first 2 months. Uncle is a mechanic. I'm set.
 

Shine'ola

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Anyone who is using a brand new vehicle or leased one for the sole purpose of driving for Uber is not too bright. I got a lovely cheap used van that Uber paid off in the first 2 months. Uncle is a mechanic. I'm set.
your van is more than likely a moving safety hazard, these Uber vehicles need to be inspected. Uber keeps pushing back the model year requirements because drivers figure out that UberX is a scam and there is no way to turn a profit on 65 cents, much less have funds for repairs, tires, brakes. It is not responsible for our governing bodies to allow these rattle traps to haul innocent passengers around in unsafe vehicles, nor is it responsible to allow Uber to exploit the desperate drivers into oblivion . with some basic regulation drivers will be curbed and rates will go up, hell Uber's product will even be better but they are to stupid to realize it, Uber is like the spoiled 3 year old that doesn't know any better.....here sonny I bought you a nice new blue M Benz, no daddy I want the red Toyota
 

The Mollusk

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Anyone who is using a brand new vehicle or leased one for the sole purpose of driving for Uber is not too bright. I got a lovely cheap used van that Uber paid off in the first 2 months. Uncle is a mechanic. I'm set.

You're set until you grind your van to dust that is. Your uncle may be a mechanic , but he'll only do work at cost for so long.

Uber off!
 

SlurredReaction

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your van is more than likely a moving safety hazard, these Uber vehicles need to be inspected. Uber keeps pushing back the model year requirements because drivers figure out that UberX is a scam and there is no way to turn a profit on 65 cents, much less have funds for repairs, tires, brakes. It is not responsible for our governing bodies to allow these rattle traps to haul innocent passengers around in unsafe vehicles, nor is it responsible to allow Uber to exploit the desperate drivers into oblivion . with some basic regulation drivers will be curbed and rates will go up, hell Uber's product will even be better but they are to stupid to realize it, Uber is like the spoiled 3 year old that doesn't know any better.....here sonny I bought you a nice new blue M Benz, no daddy I want the red Toyota

I can guarantee you my van will pass inspection with flying colors. I wouldn't drive it if it wouldn't. Can't say the same for other vehicles out there.
 

SlurredReaction

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You're set until you grind your van to dust that is. Your uncle may be a mechanic , but he'll only do work at cost for so long.

Uber off!

That's why I paid it off first. Any vehicle will grind itself to dust. That's common sense. Nothing lasts forever. Once it turns to dust I'll just get another one. I make good money driving for Uber. I live in Hunters Creek in a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment. Have my own brand new personal vehicle. Wife stays home with the baby. I guess I can say is God is good to me. Jesus loves me and He loves you too.
 

Zimba

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UberX rates are too low and it is very hard to make a living with UberX. The people of Orlando want UberX but rates must go up!!!!!!! Corruption is destroying all of us and will rid the world of people in the future grab your gas masks now it all stinks!!!!!!!! Hard working regular people do not have a chance just being a nobody. Anything with insurance and government is all a scam Dam It Man!!!!!!!!
 

SlurredReaction

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UberX rates are too low and it is very hard to make a living with UberX. The people of Orlando want UberX but rates must go up!!!!!!! Corruption is destroying all of us and will rid the world of people in the future grab your gas masks now it all stinks!!!!!!!! Hard working regular people do not have a chance just being a nobody. Anything with insurance and government is all a scam Dam It Man!!!!!!!!

Hahahhaha. This was funny.
 

Shine'ola

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That's why I paid it off first. Any vehicle will grind itself to dust. That's common sense. Nothing lasts forever. Once it turns to dust I'll just get another one. I make good money driving for Uber. I live in Hunters Creek in a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment. Have my own brand new personal vehicle. Wife stays home with the baby. I guess I can say is God is good to me. Jesus loves me and He loves you too.
have you ever heard the saying " Do not feed the monkeys" ? well the more they eat the more sh!# they have to throw at you, you are feeding them while driving your beater around for 65 cents, Uber will get the idea that if you will do it for 65 cent you will probably do it for 40 cents, thanks for helping Uber exploit the Orlando work force
 

SlurredReaction

Active Member
have you ever heard the saying " Do not feed the monkeys" ? well the more they eat the more sh!# they have to throw at you, you are feeding them while driving your beater around for 65 cents, Uber will get the idea that if you will do it for 65 cent you will probably do it for 40 cents, thanks for helping Uber exploit the Orlando work force

Can you read? I said I drive a van. $1.15 a mile.
 

The Mollusk

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UberX rates are too low and it is very hard to make a living with UberX. The people of Orlando want UberX but rates must go up!!!!!!! Corruption is destroying all of us and will rid the world of people in the future grab your gas masks now it all stinks!!!!!!!! Hard working regular people do not have a chance just being a nobody. Anything with insurance and government is all a scam Dam It Man!!!!!!!!

The abuse you guys are getting are your just desserts for not following the law.

If you lay with pigs you'll smell like poop.
 
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