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Broward County > Government > District 5 - Lois Wexler
 Message From The Commissioner

Dear Neighbors,

Few issues facing the Broward County Commission are as controversial and complex as the emergence of the new services Uber and Lyft -- online corporate dispatching services that connect customers with self-employed individuals with vehicles.

On April 14th at 2pm the Broward Commission will hold a public hearing on an ordinance creating a new regulated class called Transportation Network Companies or TNCs.

Uber and Lyft, the international companies providing the match-up services, have operated in Broward County for several months. They ignored the county’s insistence that they and their drivers submit to a licensing and permitting process, much as is done with taxi companies, thereby violating the county’s Motor Carrier’s Ordinance.

Commissioners’ overarching concerns are ensuring the safety of our residents, the integrity of the drivers and the safety of their vehicles, among several issues.

Uber, Lyft and their drivers say they are not a taxi service, but simply a ride-hailing service that uses cutting edge technology on smartphones to hook up customers and drivers.

Taxi drivers and their employers counter that these firms have created an unfair situation in which taxis must submit to strict regulations, consistent fare prices and stiff operating fees. Conversely, many Uber customers say they like the ease of use and lower fares.

I want to hear your opinion of how the County should proceed.  What are the advantages and disadvantages and the pitfalls we need to avoid and what regulations should we consider? Please email me at lwexler@broward.org and identify if you have ever used Uber or Lyft.

Sincerely,
Lois Wexler  

 

 
 In The News...

Speeding up the hiring process in Broward County

As one of the region’s busiest employers, Broward County government is making its process more efficient for people applying for a job and for supervisors screening applicants in the initial stages of recruitment.

Among the features of the computerized Online Recruitment System that opened last month are automated applicant screening capabilities.

Applicants apply online at Broward.org/Careers/ and answer pre-screening and job specific questions. As a result, applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements are excluded and the most qualified applicants are identified quickly, reducing the time it takes to fill vacancies.

Questions can be answered by calling (954) 357-6020.

 


Centennial Citizens 

Broward County is deep into its celebration of our 100th birthday, but we also want to spotlight our citizens who have reached the century mark as well.

If you know of a Broward County resident who is 100 years old or older in 2015, we would like to honor them during our “Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community” project. 

Already photographs of some of them have been posted on Broward.org.

Please contact Cindy Malin at (954) 357-6993, cmalin@broward.org with any questions. 

 


 
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