Lawmakers pushing bills to abolish the PTC in Hillsborough County

Posted at 11:37 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 23:37:17-05

“We have consistently found problems with the agency,” said State Senator Dana Young.

Problems like board members allegedly colluding with taxi executives, to stalemates over rideshare companies Uber and Lyft.

That’s why Young wants to get rid of it all together.

A bill filed Friday by State Rep James Grant looks to abolish the agency by as early as October 2017.

“Like in any other county in the state, Hillsborough County could step in and regulate transportation in whatever way they wish,” said Young.

She says provisions in the bill could change including the estimated date for dissolution. Without the PTC, Young says companies like Uber and Lyft could thrive.

“The public wants these services and our role is to make sure they can operate,” said Young.

People who we spoke with who use rideshare companies tell us they support any laws that keep them around and the jobs they bring.

“People make good money off of Uber driver so if you take that away you take a lot of jobs away,” said Austin Ellis.

While the bill still has a long way to go, including several committee stops, Young insists the agency days are most likely numbered.

“People want it gone so we are going to act as representatives of the people and we are going to try and get rid of the PTC,” said Young.