Car wars

Commissioners give initial OK to legalizing Lyft, UberX in Miami-Dade

The Miami-Dade County Commission gave initial approval Tuesday to a proposal that would legalize ride-for-hire companies.

Lyft and UberX have been operating illegally for more than a month. Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo’s legislation would authorize them under a new section of county regulations.

The board voted 10-2 to move Bovo’s ordinance forward. Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Dennis Moss voted against, and Commissioner Sally Heyman was absent.

A transportation and aviation committee that has deadlocked on past proposals to benefit UberX and Lyft will now take up the legislation, though probably not until September. In a sign that the proposal faces an uncertain future, one of the commissioners who voted in favor Tuesday warned that she was doing so only because it wasn’t final passage.

“Maybe,” Commissioner Barbara Jordan joked when it was her turn to vote.

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