MIAMI – Driving for and riding with ride sharing companies Lyft and Uber just got easier in Miami-Dade County. The much debated and controversial legislation was approved by a super-majority vote by the Miami-Dade Commission on May 3.

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime officially welcomed ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to the South Florida market.

“I thank Vice-Chairman Bovo for his thoughtful crafting of this complex legislation package, and I want to recognize the leadership of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson for her persistent efforts to legalize this ride-sharing service,” said Chairman Monestime.

The legislative package modified the rules for taxis and limousine service, and defined the rules of the road for the new ride-sharing appbased operations.

“The County Commission gave careful consideration to the concerns expressed by taxi drivers, our citizens with disabilities, who desire equal access to on-demand transportation, and the thousands of hard working residents seeking an opportunity to earn extra dollars,” Chairman Monestime said. “I applaud all of my colleagues for the progress we have made on this issue, and I fully respect the dissenting votes of my colleagues who remain concerned for public safety. We will also be vigilant in looking out for the safety of our citizens as we implement this new policy.”