Public Transportation Commission

Public Transportation Commission The PTC is the governing arm of the Tampa Bay area’s transportation industry. We exist to ensure local residents have access to safe modes of transport.

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Don't want to get towed while you're partying like a pirate at Gasparilla? Follow these tips on how to prevent being tow...
01/28/2017
Gasparilla Pirate Fest Traffic & Parking

Don't want to get towed while you're partying like a pirate at Gasparilla? Follow these tips on how to prevent being towed and what to do if it happens.

Tampa, FL -- Avast, ye! Your fellow pirates have invaded our lovely city, but there are still thousands of them on their way. You are in luck because one distracted pirate dropped his treasure map on his way into downtown Tampa. This map holds the secrets that will guide you safely to Bayshore Boule...

Getting excited for Gasparilla? Plan ahead and use licensed transportation options: Cabs with PVDL identification, rides...
01/27/2017

Getting excited for Gasparilla? Plan ahead and use licensed transportation options: Cabs with PVDL identification, rideshare drivers operating through official Uber and Lyft applications, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit and more.

Plan ahead for the Children’s Gasparilla tomorrow. Follow all “No Parking” signs and use City of Tampa Government parkin...
01/20/2017

Plan ahead for the Children’s Gasparilla tomorrow. Follow all “No Parking” signs and use City of Tampa Government parking suggestions to avoid getting towed.

http://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/special-events-coordination/files/childrens_parade_traffic_parking_advisory_2017.pdf

In Chicago, someone posing as a rideshare driver scammed a victim for $1,200. Don’t let this happen to you. Remember app...
01/18/2017
Police: Fake Rideshare Driver Scams Passenger For $1K

In Chicago, someone posing as a rideshare driver scammed a victim for $1,200. Don’t let this happen to you. Remember approved Uber and Lyft drivers should match the car and photo on the app, as well as get paid directly through the app.

Police are searching for a fake Uber driver that they say is stealing money from customers by asking for a credit card after claiming there is something wrong with the passenger’s payment.

Be safe before you take a ride share home tonight. Remember that registered Uber and Lyft drivers will never ask you for...
01/13/2017

Be safe before you take a ride share home tonight. Remember that registered Uber and Lyft drivers will never ask you for cash.

Did you know? The PTC protects consumers by ensuring tow trucks and ambulances have proper insurance and undergo regular...
01/10/2017

Did you know? The PTC protects consumers by ensuring tow trucks and ambulances have proper insurance and undergo regular mechanical inspections.

Beware of rogue taxi drivers. Before getting in a cab, check for their private vehicle driver’s license (PVDL).
01/06/2017

Beware of rogue taxi drivers. Before getting in a cab, check for their private vehicle driver’s license (PVDL).

Protect your rights in the event of a tow. We recommend taking a picture of yourself paying if you park in an honor lot ...
01/05/2017

Protect your rights in the event of a tow. We recommend taking a picture of yourself paying if you park in an honor lot for #RTP in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park tonight.

Headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning game tonight? The PTC recommends saving your receipt just in case if you pay at a staf...
01/03/2017

Headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning game tonight? The PTC recommends saving your receipt just in case if you pay at a staffed lot.

Do you know your rights if your car is towed? Here are five tips to help you ensure you’re treated fairly by tow compani...
01/01/2017
Getting Towed: How To Avoid It & What To Do If It Happens To You

Do you know your rights if your car is towed? Here are five tips to help you ensure you’re treated fairly by tow companies.

How can you be sure your vehicle won’t be towed when you park in an unfamiliar area? And do you have any recourse if you think you’ve been towed unfairly?

Timeline Photos
01/01/2017

Timeline Photos

Pepin Distributing Company pays full cab fares (up to 25 mi. one way) for impaired drivers through the Alert Cab program...
12/31/2016

Pepin Distributing Company pays full cab fares (up to 25 mi. one way) for impaired drivers through the Alert Cab program. Simply ask your bartender to call an Alert Cab and enjoy your free, safe ride home.

#DYK? Following a car accident, it’s your choice which local tow company you’d like to pick up your car. If you don’t ch...
12/30/2016

#DYK? Following a car accident, it’s your choice which local tow company you’d like to pick up your car. If you don’t choose, the officer on scene will choose a company from a rotating list.

Over 70% of wrongful or improper tow complaints we receive are awarded full or partial refunds. Fill out an online compl...
12/28/2016
Comments/Grievance

Over 70% of wrongful or improper tow complaints we receive are awarded full or partial refunds. Fill out an online complaint form here, and find out how we can help you: http://bit.ly/2cztwcv

You will be contacted by an HCPTC Inspector within 5 days after receipt of your complaint. Please ensure you fill out the form in its entirety to ensure quick processing. A contact number and/or e-mail are required in order to contact you for further information. You can also contact the HCPTC direc...

The SaferRide app, created by NHTSA, gives drivers an alternative to driving drunk. The app offers the option to call a ...
12/26/2016
SaferRide by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The SaferRide app, created by NHTSA, gives drivers an alternative to driving drunk. The app offers the option to call a pre-programmed contact, see your current location on a map, and even call a taxi – just from the push of a button. Download the app here:

12/24/2016

PTC teamed up with AAA to create awareness of anti-drunk driving programs available in Hillsborough County for the holidays. ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay covers the available options, such as Tow to Go, Alert Cab and $10 off Lyft rides on weekends through the New Year.

This holiday season, Lyft has partnered with Budweiser to offer up to $10 off rides every weekend through the New Year. ...
12/23/2016

This holiday season, Lyft has partnered with Budweiser to offer up to $10 off rides every weekend through the New Year. Riders simply enter their phone number in the app when prompted, and a $10 credit will be sent directly to their Lyft account.

Tomorrow, we’ll join with AAA and have a wrecked car that hit a telephone pole from a DUI accident to show the potential...
12/21/2016
Local services offer impaired drivers safe rides during the holidays

Tomorrow, we’ll join with AAA and have a wrecked car that hit a telephone pole from a DUI accident to show the potential consequences of drunk driving. There are many local options for drivers who have had too much to drink this holiday season to get a safe ride home. #DontDrinkandDrive

From now through the new year, AAA and Budweiser are encouraging drivers to make alternative transportation plans during...
12/21/2016

From now through the new year, AAA and Budweiser are encouraging drivers to make alternative transportation plans during the holidays when drinking is involved. Through Tow To Go, both members and non-members are offered a confidential local ride within 10 miles to a safe location by a AAA tow truck driver. To use the service, drivers can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

https://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx

We know getting towed is a pain in the neck. Here are a few tips to avoid towing, and what to do if it happens to you.
12/19/2016
Getting Towed: How To Avoid It & What To Do If It Happens To You

We know getting towed is a pain in the neck. Here are a few tips to avoid towing, and what to do if it happens to you.

How can you be sure your vehicle won’t be towed when you park in an unfamiliar area? And do you have any recourse if you think you’ve been towed unfairly?

Check out this page from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to help you identify traffic incidents to a...
12/15/2016
Florida Highway Patrol - Traffic

Check out this page from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to help you identify traffic incidents to avoid on your commute.

At this morning’s Board meeting, the PTC passed a motion to approve the proposed Temporary Operating Agreement to allow ...
11/09/2016
PTC gives Uber and Lyft go-ahead to operate in Hillsborough

At this morning’s Board meeting, the PTC passed a motion to approve the proposed Temporary Operating Agreement to allow Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Hillsborough County.

TAMPA — After more than two years operating in Hillsborough County, Uber and Lyft are finally street legal.

10/26/2016

The PTC Board held a special meeting yesterday. During the meeting, a motion passed to develop a request for proposals for a third party to do an outside review of Executive Director Kyle Cockream’s relationship with the taxi and limo industries. Mr. Cockream will continue in his role, and the Board is expected to discuss the RFP in further detail at its Nov. meeting.

#DYK? Taxi and limos must undergo a safety inspection every year. If you’ve noticed an issue on one of your rides, we wa...
10/12/2016
Comments/Grievance

#DYK? Taxi and limos must undergo a safety inspection every year. If you’ve noticed an issue on one of your rides, we want to know. Call us at (813) 350-6878, or file a complaint online and we’ll investigate the issue.

You will be contacted by an HCPTC Inspector within 5 days after receipt of your complaint. Please ensure you fill out the form in its entirety to ensure quick processing. A contact number and/or e-mail are required in order to contact you for further information. You can also contact the HCPTC direc...

Are you the victim of a wrongful tow in #HillsboroughCounty? We can help. Simply file a complaint online or call (813) 3...
10/10/2016
Comments/Grievance

Are you the victim of a wrongful tow in #HillsboroughCounty? We can help. Simply file a complaint online or call (813) 350-6878. PTC inspectors will investigate a tow situation and often will negotiate a refund or a decrease in charges if it was not a valid tow.

You will be contacted by an HCPTC Inspector within 5 days after receipt of your complaint. Please ensure you fill out the form in its entirety to ensure quick processing. A contact number and/or e-mail are required in order to contact you for further information. You can also contact the HCPTC direc...

If you’re wrongfully towed in Hillsborough County, remember we can help. Thank you Noah Pransky with 10News WTSP for the...
10/04/2016
How do I get a towing refund in Tampa Bay?

If you’re wrongfully towed in Hillsborough County, remember we can help. Thank you Noah Pransky with 10News WTSP for the ongoing coverage of this topic.

TAMPA BAY, Florida – 10Investigates has investigated dozens of cases involving aggressive towing, and it has exposed countless violations of state and local laws. While one size does not fit all complaints, there are resources in most Tampa-area counties to file towing complaints, in hopes of gett...

09/22/2016
Comments/Grievance

Remember, if you’ve had a bad experience with a taxi or tow truck operator in Hillsborough County, the PTC wants to know about it. Call us at (813) 350-6878, or visit our website for the online complaint form. #SafeRidesFL
http://hillsboroughcountyptc.com/comments-grievance

You will be contacted by an HCPTC Inspector within 5 days after receipt of your complaint. Please ensure you fill out the form in its entirety to ensure quick processing. A contact number and/or e-mail are required in order to contact you for further information. You can also contact the HCPTC direc...

Did you Know?The Hillsborough County PTC now offers free notary service for all PTC-related items and it now accepts cre...
09/20/2016

Did you Know?
The Hillsborough County PTC now offers free notary service for all PTC-related items and it now accepts credit and debit cards for new PVDL applications or renewals.

Are you heading downtown for the Fit Foodie Race this weekend? If you are, be careful where you park and watch out for “...
09/16/2016
THE FIT FOODIE 5K RACE WEEKEND

Are you heading downtown for the Fit Foodie Race this weekend? If you are, be careful where you park and watch out for “No Parking” or “Tow Away Zone” signs.

Join the most delicious 5K Race Weekend ever! Cooking Light & Health's the Fit Foodie Race Weekend is jam-packed with celebrity sightings, a 5K run, celebrity chefs, a Power Systems fitness bootcamp, yoga demonstrations, tons of amazing giveaways, and more!

09/08/2016
2016 Joyce Meyer Conferences

Heading downtown for the Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Sept. 8-10 at Amalie Arena? Please make sure to park in an authorized parking lot, and watch out for “Tow Away Zone” signs.

https://www.visittampabay.com/tampa-events/details/2016-joyce-meyer-conferences/62910/

Each session is unique and will include a powerful message from Joyce as well as worship with Matt Redman and Christy Nockels. Admission is free. No registration is required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Address

4148 N Armenia Ave, Ste A
Tampa, FL
33607

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+18132725814

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Hey Commission, why have a page for people to post items when you do not respond to legitimate questions? Just so you can check the Social Media box on your community relations program? Still waiting for a response on my initial post as to why your taxi drivers do not use the meter/verifone installations in your licensed taxis and then make charges to their personal accounts? Fair question.
Question to the Commission: Why do your licensed taxis (#15 for example) charge their fares to personal accounts and do not use the installed meter/verifone units in the taxi? Again, for example say my driver Lucia Gonzales ran my cc three times indicating the transactions failed while my Amex accounts show being triple charged. My suggestion would be to avoid your taxis, and Ms. Gonzales all together and use a ride share? I look forward to getting a clear statement from the Commissioner’s office. Thank you.