Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 1618 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Brandes 596-04212-14 20141618c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to chauffeured limousines; creating s. 3 316.901, F.S.; prohibiting a special district from 4 discriminating or restricting the use of certain 5 chauffeured limousines by requiring a minimum wait 6 time or minimum fare, restricting the number of 7 permits issued to operate in the county, or 8 restricting access across county lines; requiring 9 chauffeured limousines to meet certain minimum 10 financial responsibility requirements; defining the 11 term “chauffeured limousine”; providing an effective 12 date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 316.901, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 316.901 Chauffeured limousines; prohibited practices; 19 definition.—A special district may not discriminate or restrict 20 the use of chauffeured limousines for hire using digital 21 transportation request services by requiring a minimum wait 22 time, requiring a minimum fare, restricting the number of 23 permits issued to operate limousines in the county, or 24 restricting access across county lines from limousines for hire. 25 Chauffeured limousines shall meet the minimum financial 26 responsibility requirements of s. 324.032 or greater 27 requirements set by the county if those same requirements apply 28 to individuals and businesses that provide the same or similar 29 service. As used in this section, the term “chauffeured 30 limousine” means a chauffeured, nonmetered motor vehicle with 31 four or more doors, designed to carry fewer than nine passengers 32 excluding the chauffeur, and operated for hire pursuant to an 33 advance reservation, the fare for which is calculated on the 34 basis of time and distance, except for trips to airports or 35 other point-to-point trips based on well-traveled routes or for 36 event-related trips such as sporting events, which may be 37 charged on a flat-fee basis. The term does not include a 38 taxicab; a vehicle used for not-for-profit, tax-exempt 39 operations; or a vehicle used for transportation of persons 40 between home and work locations or of persons having a common 41 work-related trip when ridesharing is incidental to another 42 purpose of the driver. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2014.