Statewide regulations for the emerging “ridesharing” industry passed the Senate during fall veto session. Companies like the popular Uber, which connects drivers to users via a mobile application, had raised potential safety and insurance concerns.
While the measure is similar in nature to a piece of legislation that was approved by the General Assembly last spring, the governor ultimately vetoed it. The sponsor of the bill opted not to call for an override of the Governor’s veto. The new legislation, Senate Bill 2774, establishes insurance requirements, background checks, a “zero tolerance” drug and alcohol policy, and parameters for “disqualifying” drivers within the ridesharing industry.