California Public Utilities Commission News

California Agency Failing to Ensure Limo Safety, Audit Shows

Citing incidents like the 2013 limousine fire that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge, California’s state auditor said Tuesday that the commission responsible for overseeing passenger carriers has failed to ensure consumer safety. State Auditor Elaine M. Howle …

California Regulators Want Insurers to Speed Up Ridesharing Policies

The California Public Utilities Commission wants the insurance industry to get off its duff and start creating some products to offer to ridesharing drivers. A proposal issued by CPUC on Tuesday further defines ridesharing or transportation network companies and activities …

California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies

Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a profit, according to recommendations made Wednesday from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ …

California Commissioner: TNCs Responsible for Insurance

Updated story:  California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies Transportation Network Companies like such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage non-professional drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a …

Rideshare Questions Linger in California

While Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has recommended that insurance should be required to cover the “app on, no match” period when rideshare drivers are between fares, that doesn’t seem to have ended the debate – or efforts to further regulate …

California Commissioner Gives ‘App On, No Match’ Ridesharing View

California Commissioner Dave Jones made his initial recommendations to the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday following the California Department of Insurance’s investigatory hearing on March 21 relating to insurance issues and transportation network companies. Jones made his recommendation public …

California Regulators OK On-Demand Ridesharing, With Conditions

On-demand ride services got the green light from California regulators on Thursday in a move the services hope will help clarify their legal status in other jurisdictions. The California Public Utilities Commission created a new category called a “Transportation Network …

Judges: PG&E Improperly Declared 2 Pipelines Safe in California

Two judges are threatening to fine Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines in Northern California safe and using misleading regulatory filings to minimize the problem. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that California Public Utilities Commission …

Cause of Limo Fire in California That Killed 5 Revealed

Recordings of the 911 calls released Monday captured witnesses, including some who had just escaped the limo, recounting the last moments of the five nurses who died inside, as authorities said a mechanical problem was behind the fire that killed …

Audit: California Utility Didn’t Spend $50M For Safety

An audit says Pacific Gas and Electric Co. did not use $50 million intended to improve its gas pipeline network in the decade leading up to a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb. The audit by Leawood, …