Ride-Sharing Regulations Proposed by Arizona Legislators

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The pink mustache is a sign of a car operating for Lyft.

Arizona legislators have proposed regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, which would help legitimize their operations in the state.

The system of using an app to find a ride from a private driver might sound like a taxi service, but these companies aren't registered with the state as taxi companies. Instead, the proposed legislation would create rules and regulations unique to the ride-sharing services.

The regulations include mandating that ride-sharing networks have insurance with minimum coverage of $1 million per incident for any accidents, conduct background checks on drivers, and perform annual safety inspections of the vehicles, among other things.

These ride-sharing companies have faced various problems over the legality of their operations in several states.

For one, such operations generally aren't licensed like cab companies, and they may not be liable for accidents to the extent that a taxi company could be -- which are both addressed in Arizona's legislation, House Bill 2273.

In San Francisco, taxi drivers protested that ride-sharing services were undercutting their traditional taxi operations, which becomes less of an issue when the companies are fully regulated by the state.

The Arizona bill just passed its first committee assignment earlier this week.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

No one needs THE GOVERNMENT to "legitimize" their business, never did and never will.

Especially when that business / industry is so successful that the competition whines and complains to their paid political lobbyists about it.


smaller govt is what teabagers want?

valleynative topcommenter


When your opposition can see issues in reasonable shades of grey, but you can only see them as black and white, maybe you shouldn't be calling them names.

Conservatives generally want smaller federal government, but allow local government to continue to regulate businesses in order to maintain a level playing field for competition.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "but allow local government to continue to regulate businesses in order to maintain a level playing field for competition."

So you teabaggers support a Government Controlled and Regulated Market, and not the "Free Market" you always seem to be whining about, eh?

"level playing field" = restrictions on the successful newcomers because the archaic entrenched dinosaurs can't compete in a FREE MARKET.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... you clueless teatards labeled YOURSELVES as teabaggers ... before you had a clue what that term actually meant.

Reap what ye sow.

valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

You morons can't help but put labels on people, and assume that everybody who disagrees with you must agree on all other issues, eh?

Just how fucking stupid can one person be?  You continue to amaze me!

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