Ride sharing companies like Lyft and Uber have become an increasingly ubiquitous method of getting around the city, providing convenient public transportation much to the chagrin of taxi drivers. The services have had their fair share of controversy as they rely on local drivers that, among other things, may not have received proper background checks that taxi drivers are required to undergo. However, both companies recently scored a win after the Miami-Dade County Commission gave preliminary ordinance approval allowing companies like Uber and Lyft to continue operations.
With the ruling, Uber and Lyft are allowed to obtain the necessary Transportation Network Entity (TNE) licenses and remain in operation. With this license, they are allowed to do background checks with the caveat that the organization doing the background check is accredited by the Association of Background Screeners. Vehicles are only required to have commercial insurance if there are passengers being transported.
Uber and Lyft drivers must not have had a drunk driving conviction or felony within the past seven years, they cannot have been released from prison within the last six months, and they must never have been convicted of a sexual offense. Vehicles that are traveling to the airport or seaport to pick up passengers must also have a visible TNE license.
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