UberX Will Launch in Miami Today, Defying Miami-Dade's Taxi Laws

After months of fruitless lobbying in Miami-Dade County and Tallahassee to change taxi laws in South Florida, app-based ride service Uber has decided to go the route of ride-sharing competitor Lyft and just ignore the regulations. Uber's own ride-sharing service, UberX, is launching in Miami today, braving mass fines and legal blowback from the county.

Beginning at noon, Miami riders will be able to request rides through their smartphones from Uber.

See also: Uber Goes Over Miami-Dade's Head and Takes Fight to Tallahassee

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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