Uber and Lyft need more government regulation, report says
“…information about the safety of vehicles and drivers and the quality of services—particularly for taxi stand and street-hail services, where customers lack the opportunity to exercise informed choice among providers. …Public safety…remains a central regulatory concern” reads the conclusion on page 100 of the study by the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine.
“Appropriately, public entities at the municipal, regional, and state levels are implementing public safety regulations for TNCs and other shared mobility services…. These evolving regulatory processes, however, have illuminated a long-standing weakness in the formulation of such regulations: a paucity of systematic evaluations of the effectiveness or costs of the public safety regulations that exist and are being proposed. For example, procedures for driver background checks often are based on common practice but have not been evaluated in any rigorous way.
“Therefore, the current practices of regulators, the taxi industry, and TNC operators in this area may not represent best practices. Equally important, minimum limits of automobile liability insurance for taxis, TNCs, and other for-hire services, and in particular “tiered” insurance requirements for TNCs, vary across jurisdictions and do not appear to be based on a systematic analysis of the risks of for-hire operations. Read more from Techwire >>
Sidecar is ceasing operations
The company will stop offering all rides and deliveries on December 31, 2015 at 2 pm PT. Sidecar founder and CEO Sunil Paul announced the decision on Tuesday.
Sidecar was an early competitor in the ride-hailing app world. Launched in 2012, it raised $35 million in funding from major venture capital firms, including Virgin’s Richard Branson. Full story at CNNMoney >>
New California law requires DMV to notify TNCs of driver violations immediately
AB 1422 will require Transportation Network Companies (TNC) to participate in the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice. The program will provide each TNC with a report with the driver’s current public record which will include immediate notification of moving violations, accidents, drivers license suspension, and other actions taken against driving privileges. Read more from the Victor Valley News >>
CTRideSafe – the Connecticut Coalition for Safe Public Transportation believes that public safety requires that all vehicles used to provide rides for hire should be regulated.