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Gainesville Council scraps regulation of taxis
State now overseeing industry
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Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to scrap its ordinance regulating taxicabs in its entirety after state lawmakers this year removed local oversight of the industry.

A second and final vote will take place at the first council meeting in November.

The emergence of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, in part, prompted the state to step in.

The Department of Public Safety is now responsible for licensing and permitting taxi drivers.

City officials said scrapping the ordinance makes sense because it now lacks teeth and would be an administrative burden to keep on the books.

City Marshal Debbie Jones has said the city conducted background checks annually on drivers, but the state will not do so.

City officials have expressed concerns about what the changes mean for the safety and welfare of both riders and drivers.

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