Customers have praised Uber for its convenience. To get an Uber ride, you simply download an app and pay a fixed fee. There's no dispatcher, as with conventional taxi or limousine services.
However, there are also no industry regulations placed on the drivers, which has been an issue with taxi cab companies across the country.
Earlier this year, Uber started a petition to get the Florida Legislature to approve a bill to allow its operations statewide. The petition ultimately failed.
And now the letter sent by Broward commissioners, which you can read in its entirety below, says that Uber and Lyft need to comply with county laws, such as having their drivers obtain chauffeur licenses, permits, and decals. There are also requirements for a separate set of decals to be allowed to transport customers to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as well as Port Everglades.
Drivers must get a specific type of insurance and pay a fee to be permitted to transport people to and from the airport and port.