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Lawmakers Look to Tighten Rules on Ridesharing Companies

 
Lawmakers Look to Tighten Rules on Ridesharing Companies
Posted June 17th, 2014 @ 3:24pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

They're homegrown industries, but California lawmakers are looking to tighten rules on ridesharing companies.

Lawmakers considered two bills today that are backed by insurance and taxi companies.

One would require drug and alcohol testing and another would require companies like Uber and Lyft to provide beefed up insurance for employees.

"Most companies only cover drivers once a match between the driver and passenger is made. Some offer low levels of excess coverage while the app is on," Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla said. 

Bonilla says there's too much of a gap in those situations and she wants coverage from "app on to app off."

Both proposals are going forward as negotiations continue.

Uber and Lyft reps say they'll agree to be primary insurers but both sides still need to work out the dollar amount for coverage. 

Uber issued the following statement to KFBK:

"We appreciate Senator Padilla's and the Committee's leadership today; They have clearly listened to California consumers and entrepreneurs and agreed to amendments to AB 2293 (Bonilla) that reflect the unique nature of ridesharing while affirming our shared commitment to safety. This is a positive step in the right direction and we look forward to continuing to work with the Senate."

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