TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In a victory for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, Gov. Rick Scott has signed a measure that creates statewide regulations for the fast-growing industry.READ MORE: MDC North Campus Site Administered Nearly 3,000 COVID Vaccinations
Lawmakers passed the House bill after a long-running battle about whether the state should prevent local governments from regulating the “transportation network companies.”
The industry sought statewide rules to avoid facing different regulations across Florida. But the idea ran into opposition from local governments and taxicab companies, which are typically regulated locally and feared that ridesharing companies would get a competitive advantage.READ MORE: Pair Of South Florida Children Who Died A Couple Weeks Apart Have Saved 11 Lives Through Organ Donation
The bill was approved unanimously by the House and in a 36-1 vote in the Senate.
“I’m proud to sign this legislation today to make it easier for ridesharing companies to thrive in Florida and help ensure the safety of our families,” Scott said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “Florida is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation because of our efforts to reduce burdensome regulations and encourage innovation and job creation across all industries, including transportation. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of ridesharing companies in our state.”MORE NEWS: 'I Was Physically Shaking! I Was So Excited': Florida Man On Seeing Four Endangered Florida Panthers At Same Time
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.