Three states in Midwest establish new rules on ride-sharing services

Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin have joined the growing number of states with new rules to govern ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. These services now operate in at least 30 metropolitan areas in the Midwest. They allow individuals needing a ride to connect with a driver via an application on a smartphone or other Internet-enabled device. The driver’s personal vehicle is used for the service.

For a brief time in Kansas, Uber halted operations due to its opposition to SB 117, a bill that passed the Legislature and then withstood a gubernatorial veto. The company’s concerns centered on requirements that drivers submit to criminal background checks and carry additional auto insurance. But services soon returned to Kansas with passage of SB 101, which has licensing and insurance requirements acceptable to Uber. The company also supported measures passed this year in Indiana (HB 1278) and Wisconsin (AB 143).

These laws include requirements that ride-sharing companies check driving records, have zero-tolerance alcohol policies, and disclose fare information on their websites. One concern raised about the Wisconsin law is that it bars local communities from setting their own regulations.
Stateline Midwest - June 20151.67 MB