Tampa Minimum Fares

Thomas Halsnik; Black Pearl Limousine, LLC; Kenrick Gleckler; and Daniel Faubion versus The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission and Victor Crist
Government Commission Forces Consumers to Pay More; Prevents Competition and Job Creation


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The government shouldn’t make it a crime for businesses to give customers a good deal merely to protect politically powerful insiders from competition. Yet that is exactly what the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission is doing by forcing limo and sedan drivers to charge consumers $50 a ride, no matter how short the ride, even if drivers want to charge less.

A coalition including a driver, his small limousine business and customers in Hillsborough County, however, has finally had enough and has filed suit in Circuit Court arguing that the commission’s mandatory minimum fare violates the Florida Constitution’s protections for entrepreneurs and consumers alike. To watch a brief video on the case, visit: www.IJ.org/TampaFaresVid.

The commission’s job is to protect the public, not to protect taxicab and other limousine companies from competition. Instead, it is forcing customers to overpay for limousine services and impeding job creation by preventing small-business owners from expanding their businesses by offering better deals to potential customers.

Not only has the PTC directly harmed the people of Hillsborough County, but it has violated multiple sections of the Florida Constitution. That is why a coalition including Tampa consumers, a limousine driver and his small limousine business has joined forces with the Institute for Justice to vindicate the right of entrepreneurs to offer customers a better deal.

Essential Background

Images and Media

Background: Hillsborough County Transportation Commission vs. Consumers, a Driver and a Small Business (August 28, 2013)

Client Photo

Case Video

Latest Release: Survey: 78 Percent of Floridians Support Ending Unjustified Minimum Fare Requirements for Limousines (April 22, 2014)

Legal Briefs and Decisions

Download: Order Allowing Two Entrenched Interests to Intervene (January 14, 2014) pdficon

Launch Release: Institute for Justice Sues Tampa-Area Commission For Forcing Consumers To Pay More And For Preventing Competition And Job Creation (August 28, 2013)

Download: Order Denying the PTC's Motion to Dismiss (January 7, 2014) pdficon

Download: Memo in Opposition to the PTC's Motion to Dismiss (August 3, 2013) pdficon

Download: IJ's Complaint (August 28, 2013) pdficon

Case Timeline

 Filed Complaint: 

August 28, 2013

 Court Filed:

13th Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, Florida 


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 Current Court:

13th Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, Florida 



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Additional Releases

Maps, Charts and Facts

Release: Let Us Charge Less: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Tampa Minimum Fare Case (December 9, 2013)

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Op-eds, News Articles and Links

Article: Lawsuit could bring cheaper limo fares to Tampa Tampa Bay Times (February 9, 2015)
Article: Lawsuit challenging $50 minimum for limos moves ahead The Tampa Tribune (December 9, 2013)

Article: Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission sued for setting minimum limo prices The Tampa Tribune (August 28, 2013)
Article: Hillsborough transportation commission to be sued by limo company The Tampa Tribune (August 27, 2013) 

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