Broward County Commissioners set fines for Uber, other transportation network companies

Fines for those who violate county laws start at $250 on first offense

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Commissioners in Broward County established fines and civil penalties Tuesday for transportation network companies and all for-hire vehicle operators who violate county laws.

The fines range from $250 for first-time offenders and incrementally increase up to $1,000 for four or more violations:

--First offense: $250
--Second offense: $500
--Third offense: $750
--Fourth offense: $1,000

County officials said the action follows months of debate over what constitutes an appropriate level of regulation that is responsive to competition in transportation, and provides consumer protections to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Broward County.

Related: Broward County stiffens regulations on Uber, Lyft

An ordinance passed in April requires transportation companies to have a license to operate in Broward County. Every driver must also have chauffeur registrations.

Under the ordinance, Uber and Lyft can set their own prices for transportation based on distance or time, but commissioners can regulate fares for pickups at Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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