Airport charge on taxicabs unfair, senator says
State Sen. Dana Young on Friday weighed in on the side of taxicab company that complained this week of paying a $35,000-per-month charge to pick up fares at Tampa International Airport while ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft pay nothing.
“That’s just really unfair,” Young, R-Tampa, told 70 people at the Café con Tampa breakfast discussion group. “The cab companies are in a really tough situation right now. We shouldn’t make it worse by making rules on them tougher. So you’ll probably be seeing me stepping out on that issue.”
That likely will entail advocating with airport director Joe Lopano, Young said, not filing a bill, which she does not think is necessary. Other communities provide ride-for-hire companies with a SunPass-like transponder, so their vehicles pay airport access fees uniformly by the trip. That’s an approach she said makes more sense.