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may 2015

 

How is your jurisdiction involved in regulating or working toward regulating transportation network companies such as Uber & Lyft?

 

TONIE SHIELDS
Administrator, Arkansas Office of Driver Services

The Arkansas 90th General Assembly passed Senate Bill 800, known as the Transportation Network Company Services Act, on March 27, 2015. The bill is awaiting the governor's signature. The bill defines a transportation services company as an entity permitted by the Arkansas Public Service Commission that operates in this state and uses a website, digital network or software application to connect passengers to company services provided by the company's drivers. A fee may be charged for transportation network company services. The bill states a commercial vehicle registration is not required.

 

TOM MCCLELLAN
Administrator, Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services

Our agency doesn't regulate these businesses at all. The vehicles are issued standard passenger plates and the drivers use Class C driver's licenses. The business portion of the company is under other regulations of the Secretary of State (Corporations Division) for operating a business in Oregon, plus local ordinances for operating "taxi" services within a jurisdiction. Oregon DMV is not working to provide special regulation over these ride-sharing companies.

 

HENRY HAUPT
Deputy Press Secretary, Illinois Office of the Secretary of State

In Illinois, ride-sharing companies are regulated at the municipal level. There was a bill last year that sought to regulate the ride-sharing industry at the state level. The bill passed the Illinois General Assembly, but the governor vetoed it.

 

MARGUERITE DAY
Policy Analyst, Driver & Vehicle Licensing Policy, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

In British Columbia, transportation network companies must meet regulatory requirements for passenger vehicles for hire. Requirements include a commercial driver's license (Class 4) for the driver, a passenger transportation (PT) license for the carrier, PT plates for vehicles and a National Safety Code safety certificate for the carrier. As well, the vehicle must undergo semi-annual safety inspections and be insured as a commercial for-hire vehicle through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. There may also be additional requirements in each municipality.