Commissioners Approve Ordinance Regulating Transportation Network Companies
Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) can now legally operate in Broward County under defined rules and regulations as specified in an ordinance approved by the Broward County Commission. TNCs operating in the County, such as Uber and Lyft, use a digital internet application to match up drivers to customers who are seeking transportation. The new ordinance requires TNCs to obtain a company license to operate in Broward County, along with chauffeur registrations for every driver employed by a TNC. There is no limit to the number of vehicles authorized to operate under a transportation network company license. Under the new rules, TNC's must also carry insurance consistent with Florida law. Commissioners also approved national and state background checks requiring fingerprinting for transportation network companies, taxicabs and all for hire vehicle drivers. In addition, annual or semiannual inspections must be conducted on all for hire vehicles by a licensed mechanic. The ordinance also states that TNC companies could set their own fares or rates for transportation based on distance travelled or time elapsed during service, a flat prearranged fare, or a suggested donation. However, Commissioners can regulate the fares that TNCs may charge passengers for pickups at Broward's Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the terms of which will be discussed and voted on at a later date.
Broward County Animal Care & Adoption News
Broward County Animal Care will soon get a state-of-the-art $15.2 million contemporary animal shelter and adoption center. A new 40,000-square-foot Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center is being constructed in the Broward Municiple Service District directly across from the long-term economy airport parking lot. The new shelter will replace the current aging and outdated Adoption Center. The state-of-the-art shelter will feature the latest in sheltering technology and air-conditioning throughout the entire structure. Estimated completion date is Spring 2016. Construction of our new Adoption Center kicked-off with a special Ground "Digging" event that I had the pleasure to bring our rescue dog Gibby to dig in. We look forward to joining our community for the ribbon cutting next year.
County Maintained Bridges Among the Safest in the State
County-maintained bridges are structurally sound (with none rated as "structurally deficient") having just received an average Health Index of 92 out of a possible 100, making them among the safest in the State of Florida, according to the recently-released Florida Bridge Information report from the Florida Department of Transportation. Broward County Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division oversees the design, construction and maintenance of the County's bridge inventory which consists of 89 fixed and movable bridges.
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