In an effort to promote legislation that would provide a regulatory framework for Uber in the state, lawmakers and business leaders laid out the positive impacts of the ridesharing-giant in the state.
Some of the facts included users from 46 states across the US and 78 countries around the world used Uber in a record year for tourism that included 165 million visitors, 40,000 Florida partners are active drivers with Uber, earning money to support a living, 1.5 million Floridians across the state rely on Uber for transportation, and more than 24 million safe rides were given last year.
“It is clear that Uber and other ridesharing services have become an important part of Florida’s economy and our transportation systems. As a state, we should be welcoming innovative companies like Uber and ensuring that everyone in Florida has access to safe transportation options and flexible work opportunities,” said Senate President-Designate Joe Negron (R-Stuart). “I support a standard, statewide set of modern regulations to create a permanent home for ridesharing here in the Sunshine State.”
Here in Central Florida, lawmakers have rallied to promote Uber and recently took the chance to thank it’s drivers or “partners” (story HERE). HB 509 recently passed the Florida House and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“At Uber our goal is to help empower entrepreneurs to take charge of their own economic futures and to provide people with safe, reliable transportation options,” said Matt Gore, Florida General Manager for Uber. “The impact numbers for Florida help tell that story. Floridians want to keep moving forward and we urge the Florida Senate to take up the House bill on behalf of their constituents.”