Uber expands service in Orlando

Company launches uberXL to accommodate passengers in larger groups

By Ashleigh Coran - Executive Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Uber, the popular ride-sharing app, announced it's expanding its service in Orlando.

Uber, which allows people to use an app to connect with people who give rides in their personal cars for a fee, launched in Orlando in early June.

The company announced on its website Thursday it would offer high-capacity vehicles with room up to six passengers for a more affordable trip around town. The service is called uberXL.

Other cities in Florida offering the new service include Tampa and Jacksonville.

Orlando city leaders and police have raised red flags about the safety of the service because the drivers do not have permits or follow any regulations.

When asked if Orlando police are enforcing the law with Uber drivers, OPD said, "Any driver in violation of Chapter 55 will be subject to equal enforcement action, regardless of any affiliation with any company or self employment."

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