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2015 SESSION

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SB 1025 Transportation network companies.

Introduced by: John C. Watkins | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)

Transportation network companies. Establishes a process for the licensing of transportation network companies (TNCs) by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), provided that TNCs comply with the requirements for licensure. The bill requires TNCs to screen drivers (TNC partners), ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old and properly licensed to drive, and conduct background checks on all drivers including a national criminal background check, a driving history report, and status on the state and national sex offender registries.

The bill also requires that TNC partner vehicles be titled and registered personal vehicles; be insured; have a maximum seating capacity of no more than seven persons, excluding the driver; be registered with DMV for TNC use; and display TNC and DMV identification markers. The bill further requires that TNC drivers be covered by a specific liability insurance policy and specifies the nature and limits of the insurance coverage. The bill also imposes several other operational requirements, including requirements that the TNC provide a credential to the driver and disclose information about the TNC partner and TNC policies to passengers.

The bill authorizes DMV to conduct periodic reviews of TNCs to confirm compliance and authorizes fees to cover DMV's costs of administering the program, an initial TNC license fee of $100,000 and an annual license renewal fee of $60,000. The bill requires DMV to review the fee structure and report by December 1, 2016. This bill is identical to HB 1662.


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