Uber proposes temporary ride sharing agreement in Hilsborough County

36 states already have a similar proposal in place
Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 14:40:35-04

Uber officials confirmed to ABC Action News, on Friday, they are proposing a temporary ride sharing agreement that would allow them to operate legally in the county immediately.

The temporary agreement does not include the fingerprint checks that the Public Transportation Commission wants, but instead would let drivers voluntarily undergo background fingerprinting. 

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Uber is also proposing the use of a multi-state, multi-jurisdiction criminal records search accredited by the National Association of Professional Background screeners.

This proposal is very similar to the rules in place in 36 other states and numerous cities and counties in Florida -- such as Miami-Date, Palm Beach, Tallahassee and Gainesville.

Uber officials said the proposal would put an enforceable riding sharing agreement in place that has rules to protect public safety and give over sight control to the PTC.

"Uber has repeatedly attempted to work with the PTC on a sensible framework for ride sharing in Hillsborough County such as this for many months. We're ready and willing to go over the terms of a Temporary Operating Agreement line by line with any members of the PTC who are not beholden to entrenched special interests," said Uber spokesperson, Bill Gibbons.

PTC Executive Director Kyle Cockream says they are still waiting to receive the proposal and once they do, it will be forwarded on to the board for review.