By Claire M. Brueck, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.

Proposed legislation regarding ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft will soon be enacted into law in Florida. The bill, House Bill 221, provides statewide regulations regarding insurance coverage requirements, registration of drivers’ vehicles, background checks on drivers, and more. The bill also provides that if certain requirements are met, drivers will be classified as independent contractors, and not employees. The Florida legislature has passed the bill and Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign it into law, taking effect on July 1, 2017. We will continue to track the status of this proposed bill.

Claire M. Brueck practices in the areas of creditors’ rights, commercial and real estate litigation, and commercial and real estate transactions. She is a member of The Florida Bar (Young Lawyers Division Section), Hillsborough County Bar Association, First Vice President of GFWC Saint Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club, a Mentor with Hillsborough Education Foundation, and a Guardian ad Litem for Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Update:      Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 221, the “Uber/Lyft Bill,” into law on May 8, 2017. The law will take effect on July 1, 2017.

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