Palm Beach Extends Agreement With Uber

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Palm Beach County Commission has voted to allow ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft to keep operating for the next two months.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the commission voted Tuesday to extend a temporary operating agreement until April 30. Officials had initially proposed to extend the agreement until Sept. 30, but it was scaled back.

Palm Beach County had agreed to a temporary agreement with Uber in March 2015 and extended the agreement in September. Officials wanted to give state lawmakers more time to pass permanent statewide regulations for the services.

A year ago, Uber had threatened to stop operating in the county if officials passed proposals requiring fingerprinting and insurance standards for drivers.

Sheryl Berkowitz, owner of H&S Personal Car Service, says the ride-hailing services should face the same regulations as traditional taxi and limo services.