Sentiment builds for abolishing Hillsborough transportation commission
The clock could soon be ticking for the embattled Public Transportation Commission.
A bill filed Friday by State Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, would abolish the agency that regulates for-hire vehicles in Hillsborough and would repeal the 1996 special act that made Hillsborough the only Florida county to establish such an agency.
If approved in the upcoming legislative session, the act would take effect Oct. 1. Regulation would transfer to Hillsborough County government.
The House bill already has support in the Florida Senate with the backing of Dana Young, R-Tampa. Young is one of a number of local Republican lawmakers who for several years have accused the agency of siding with the taxicab industry by working to block ridesharing firms from operating in Hillsborough.
"Uber and Lyft was one of the symptoms of a regulatory agency that was no longer functioning as it should but it certainly was not the only symptom," Young said. "The public has lost all faith and confidence in the agency."