House passes regulatory framework for ridesharing services in Connecticut

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut House of Representatives voted in favor to move forward with legislation that would create a permanent statewide legal framework for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate throughout Connecticut.

The bill would require Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft to register annually with the Department of Transportation; and have drivers submit to background checks, according to Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research. In addition, it establishes insurance, operational, non-discrimination, accessibility, and alcohol and drug test policy requirements for TNCs.

The bill includes provisions to stop price-gouging. It restricts TNCs from using dynamic pricing, meaning offering pre-arranged rides at differing prices according to supply or demand. It also restricts the TNCs from increasing the price of a ride by more than 2.5 times the usual price during any Governor or U.S. President declared emergency.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

 

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