TAMPA, Fla. — The Public Transportation Commission (PTC) voted 4-3 to adopt a temporary agreement for Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Hillsborough through 2017. The deal ends a long legal battle with the companies, which sued the PTC after it fined their drivers for working without insurance and permits, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
The agreement means Uber and Lyft drivers will not be required to undergo the FBI fingerprint-based background check that the PTC wanted. Instead, they will be subject to "enhanced" background checks that go back only seven years.
With a nod to the taxicab industry, however, board members also approved emergency rules that allow cab companies to offer ridesharing services. Those rules also open the door for other rideshare companies to operate in the county, though they would have to fingerprint their drivers. For the full story, click here.