Commissioner Jean Monestime (left) addresses taxicab drivers at a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting regarding the taxicab ordinance he sponsored.
Agreeing that taxicab drivers in Miami-Dade County should be treated fairly, Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 approved a law making it illegal for cab companies to force drivers to sign unfair lease agreements as a precondition to driving a taxi.
The measure, which was sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, was seen as a win for taxicab drivers in the County who sought to level the negotiating field between powerful cab companies and the taxicab operators who actually provide the driving services to the County’s residents and tourists.
Under the new law, companies can no longer require a taxicab driver to lease, purchase or finance a vehicle from the company as a requirement in order to drive for that company.
More than 30 taxicab drivers turned out to the Board of County Commissioners meeting to lend their support for the new law on July 3, as commissioners considered the legislation.
“This marks the beginning of a new relationship between the taxicab companies and drivers,” said Commissioner Monestime. “These drivers are small business owners and they provide a crucial and necessary service to our community.”