On Tuesday, nearly a month after Broward County ordered ride share companies Uber and Lyft to cease operations until their drivers complied with county taxi laws and transportation regulations, county commissioners voted to regulate the companies and to come up with a set of rules to do just that.
The vote went down during a spirited commission meeting that saw people from both traditional cabs and Uber step up and plead their case to the commissioners. A day before that meeting, cab companies sent the commissioners a letter asking the city to level the playing field when it comes to regulations. Even after being asked to stop operations by the city last month, Uber continued to do business in Broward, which irked cab drivers who are held to strict regulations.
Uber says it will work with the commissioners in the next sixty days to put down a proper ordinance. But some cab drivers remain upset over the company's practices, while the issue itself has turned heated even for customers.