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    Miami Beach Attempting to Curb Number of Ride Sharing Cars

    NBC 6's Stephanie Bertini has more as the city is asking the state to limit the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles allowed.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    What to Know

    • City officials in Miami Beach passed a resolution Wednesday asking the state impose regulations that would include a cap on the number.

    • Officials argue that the ride sharing services are adding to all the traffic in the city – a position that the companies disagree with.

    While plenty of South Floridians use ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, one city is attempting to curb the number of vehicles allowed on the road for those companies.

    City officials in Miami Beach passed a resolution Wednesday asking the state impose regulations that would include a cap on the number of ride sharing vehicles operating in the city.

    ”What we need is figure out how many Uber’s and Lyft’s we have roaming around,” said city commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez. “We would not have allowed that with taxis (because) there’s a certain number of license.”

    Gonzalez argues that the ride sharing services are adding to all the traffic in the city – a position that the companies disagree with.

    ”Before Uber existed there was traffic, so blaming Uber for the traffic situation is short sited,” said spokesperson Javier Correoso. “Because public transit is not accessible to everyone - more and more people rely on Uber to get from A to B - the effect of a cap would be horrible (and) wait times and prices would go up.”

    While the city has asked for a cap, it is up to the state of Florida to make the final decision on enforcing anything relating to ride sharing services.

    A similar move took place in New York City, which became the first city in the country to impose a cap last month.

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