Uber Versus Orlando Council ; Uber Wins
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Currently, Uber and Lyft are facing regulations from the city to legalize the two companies. Under the new ordinance, which got an early approval Dec. 8 after a long, heated discussion between the city council and both ride-share companies and its supporters, the fare rate for Uber would increase 25 percent more than traditional taxis in Orlando. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Dec. 15, but it may be deferred until sometime in January.
Orlando adopted new regulations Monday to allow ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to operate here legally, but the tech companies say they shouldn't be treated similarly to taxis.
Eleventh-hour negotiations led City Council to relax some of its earlier proposed regulations. Commissioners backed away from the most controversial part of the plan: requiring Uber and Lyft to charge 25 percent more than traditional taxis.