Compromise that Promotes Choice and Common-Sense Safety Standards
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
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A new amendment to the Ridesharing Arrangements and Consumer Protection Act (HB 4075) now creates a reasonable compromise between ridesharing companies and full-time taxi drivers, striking the right balance between securing public safety and promoting new transportation options in Illinois.
The taxi industry has been working with the rideshare industry to find a fair set of common-sense safety standards that maintain a level playing field. We have also heard the concerns of members of the General Assembly, who support the idea of ridesharing in Illinois and who want to make sure these companies can operate safely in our state.
Our amendment creates a two-tiered system of regulation for part-time rideshare drivers that does not require them to obtain chauffeur’s licenses, though stringent background checks must be conducted and their vehicles must pass annual safety inspections. Drivers working more than 18 hours a week must have a chauffeur’s license, distinctive license plates and comply with local regulations for taxi and livery service.
Though we’ve made great progress, adequate insurance and public safety must not be compromised. All drivers, regardless of how many hours they work, must have primary commercial liability insurance in case of an accident through an insurance company authorized to do business in Illinois.
Pass HB 4075 as amended to allow ridesharing to prosper in Illinois while keeping our roads safe and promoting choice for customers throughout Illinois.