Warnings turn to citations for ride services like Uber

Richard Mullins, (@DailyDeadline)

No more warnings. Officers with the Public Transportation Commission tonight will start handing out fines against any drivers for the upstart Lyft and Uber ride-sharing services picking up passengers in the Tampa area. Potentially $800 a pop.

PTC Executive Director Kyle Cockream did not say what led to the change in policy from warnings to fines, but it follows a path the PTC laid out weeks ago to start by verbally warning any unregistered drivers, and then if need be move on to citations. In theory, fines can run from $30 to several hundred dollars. A driver can receive a $500 fine for operating without a certificate issued by the agency, plus more fines if other factors are brought to bear — up to a $800 maximum.

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