Florida Chamber of Commerce, Other Organizations Launch Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition

By: Frank Walker

The Florida Chamber of Commerce, alongside other business groups, nonprofit organizations and safety organizations, launched Floridians for Ridesharing, a coalition aimed at supporting statewide regulations like background checks, insurance standards and other consumer protections for ridesharing service providers.

Florida’s future depends on diversifying our state’s economy by attracting and supporting innovations like ridesharing. Florida wins when we streamline regulations and work toward remaining globally competitive. The Florida Chamber recognizes the potential of innovative technology-based companies like Uber and Lyft, which have provided Florida’s more than 20 million residents and nearly 113 million visitors with tens of millions of rides. Companies like these diversify Florida’s economy as a whole while also boosting local economies by creating jobs or supplemental income sources for individual Floridians.

In the Legislature, both the Senate and House ridesharing bills are gaining momentum. House Bill 221, filed by Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), has passed its two committee stops and is ready for the House floor. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has filed SB 340 with four prominent Senate co-sponsors: Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill), and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa).

Interested in Joining the Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition?

Learn more about the coalition or where the Florida Chamber stands on ridesharing and other transportation issues, click here or contact me at fwalker@flchamber.com.