The Georgia House passed House Bill 190 at 141-26 to regulate popular car-hailing companies. What will House Bill 190 require? The bill requires drivers to carry car insurance from the time they turn on the app until the moment they drop off the passenger. Republican Representative Rick Golick, the bill's sponsor, said that app services such as Lyft and Uber connect passengers with nearby drivers.
Why regulate them? Multiple states across the nation are struggling with how to regulate these car-hailing services. The taxi industry dislikes Lyft and Uber because they receive an unfair competitive advantage where drivers are not subject to the same auto insurance, licensing requirements and safety standards that limousines and taxis have to reach. Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett says that Golick's bill and upcoming bills could create a different landscape for them to operate in because of the car insurance requirements. Bennett continued saying that thousands of Georgians earn extra cash driving for Uber.
However, not everyone thinks that requiring commercial auto insurance for app service companies such as Lyft and Uber is a bad thing. The regulations ensure that Uber and Lyft play by some of the rules that limousine and taxi services have had to abide by. However, some of these regulations hurt Uber's pocketbook and supporters complain that it could eliminate the company from Georgia competition.
The Georgia House attempted a similar bill last year, but it did not go anywhere. However, as Uber's popularity has risen across the country, lawmakers have had to regulate it to fit remove its unfair advantage over taxi services. With this bill ride-sharing services will be required to maintain one million dollars in commercial car insurance. In addition, the bill calls for a minimum of $300,000 in coverage of bodily injury or death and $50,000 for property damage. While the bill does not address background checks, licensing, or taxes, legislature is expected to address it in a house committee soon.
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