The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners approved legislation yesterday that creates significant barriers to entry for new transportation companies seeking to set up shop in Palm Beach County. These provisions include:
- Paying a $10,000 fee to the county,
- Starting with at least seven (7) vehicles • Operating from a Commercial place of
- Having twenty-four hour dispatch.
Rick Versace Treasurer of the Florida Limousine Association commented, “This legislation will significantly improve the quality of operator in Palm Beach County and will go a long way toward leveling the playing for on which operators compete.” The Commissioners had placed a moratorium on the issuance of new company licenses while the Department of Consumer Affairs and the FHV Advisory Group could develop this new proposal. The moratorium has been in place since May 2011 and will expire on June 1 2013 when the new ordinance takes effect. The Department of Consumer Affairs release the following comment, “These new Standards will raise the bar and create a VFH industry in Palm Beach County that is appealing to PBC residents, visitors tourist and business travelers.”