In the Senate, lawmakers took up a variety of issues as they continued reviewing measures that have already passed the House. One issue generating interest involved independent ridesharing providers.
Legislation requiring safety regulations for ridesharing companies passed the Illinois Senate on May 15. House Bill 4075 and House Bill 5531 create statewide safety regulations for ridesharing companies, like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, which are defined as Commercial Rideshare Arrangements (CRA).
The measures were introduced after hearings in March raised concerns that customers and drivers of these companies may fall into an insurance gap. Other safety concerns about these services, like ensuring proper background checks and vehicle safety, have also been raised in recent months.
Under the legislation, CRAs are required to carry commercial liability insurance, effective from the moment the driver turns on the ridesharing application, with primary coverage for the dispatcher, driver and vehicle. The legislation also establishes legal liability for CRAs