Naysaying current local restrictions as too “regressive,” The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce recently released a supportive statement from its central offices in Tampa regarding the potential introduction of rideshare companies to the local area.
The Chamber’s statement followed on the heels of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s (PTC) recent decision to recommend rules for transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft. Regardless of its own view, PTC will have to abide by state law, undergoing a public hearing Oct. 13 to accommodate input from the ride-sharing companies.
“The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports a uniform framework on the regulation of transportation networking companies that protects the consumer, while providing competitive and innovative choices,” the Chamber said. “The Chamber believes that the recent local restrictions that are being recommended are regressive and do not allow for fair competition.”
The Chamber specified that it favors a statewide policy to make guidelines efficient and to avoid discrepancies or confusion over jurisdictional differences.
“Regulation should not be implemented on a county-by-county basis but should be addressed by the state legislature and the same for all of Florida’s 67 counties,” the Chamber said in its statement.
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports programs in advocacy, leadership and economic development for the benefit of Gulf Coast businesses and residents. The Chamber partners with many local financial and academic institutions, health care stakeholders and privately owned businesses, sponsoring year-round events and leadership programs .