N.J. Assembly Panel Advances Bill Regulating Ridesharing Firms

December 12, 2014

Companies that allow drivers to use personal vehicles to transport riders in New Jersey would have to get a state permit and meet safety requirements under state legislation that’s been advanced by a New Jersey Assembly panel.

The New Jersey Assembly’s Transportation Committee approved legislation Thursday that calls for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to get a permit from the Motor Vehicle Commission.

The bill also requires the drivers get a Motor Vehicle Commission endorsement and that they have valid driver’s licenses and auto insurance. The bill also calls for driver background checks and vehicle inspections.

Ridesharing companies are new to the state, with Uber beginning operations in 2013.

Lawmakers say public safety concerns spurred the proposed legislation. It will now go before the full Assembly, though a voting date has not been scheduled.

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