Georgia > House Passes “Uber” Bill

| March 13, 2015


ATLANTA — Compromise legislation targeted to allow app-based ride sharing services under the same regulatory requirements as taxis and limos has passed the House.

By a vote of 160-10, the bill was approved to require drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft to undergo background checks, just as cab drivers do. The decision was based on safety concerns after media reports of crimes associated with the ride-sharing firms.

However, in a compromise move, lawmakers will allow Uber and Lyft to conduct their own background screening.  Drivers must also carry adequate liability insurance and pay sales taxes in the same manner as cab and limo drivers.

The bill would also freeze the issuance of the medallion system now in place in Atlanta.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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