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Columbia, Missouri’s Ride-Booking Regulations Include Insurance

The Columbia, Mo., City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft that include insurance requirements. The regulations approved require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must …

N.J. Cab Drivers Want Ridesharing Firms to Face Taxi-Like Rules

Dozens of cab drivers lined the street outside the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton and crammed a legislative hearing to protest ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Drivers and their allies called on lawmakers to require those companies to follow …

Heading a National Ridesharing Outline a Political Gain for Jones?

A committee of regulators led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is working on standards on ridesharing that departments of insurance in states across the U.S. can look to as an example. Whether the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Sharing …

Uber Probed by U.S. Judge in San Francisco on Driver Employment Status

A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Jan. 30 about Uber’s bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley’s sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, …

California Judge Questions Lyft’s Refusal to Pay Drivers as Employees

Lyft Inc.’s practice of treating drivers as independent contractors was questioned by a federal judge who said that under California law they may be considered employees who would qualify for minimum wage and other benefits. A lawsuit by Lyft drivers …

MetLife to Provide ‘Complete’ Rideshare Insurance for Lyft Drivers in Colorado

MetLife Auto & Home and Lyft, a nationwide transportation network company (TNC), have launched an auto insurance policy in Colorado tailored specifically for Lyft drivers that covers every stage of the trip. The growing use of ridesharing apps highlighted a …

California Motor Vehicles Revokes Notice on Commercial Plates for Uber

California has retracted a notice that said private drivers for ridesharing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must have a commercial license plate or risk getting a citation. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a notice …

California Surplus Lines up Considerably in 2014, Report Shows

Premiums for California wholesalers rose considerably in 2014 from a year earlier, showing that segment of the industry outperformed the rest of the state’s economy, according to a report from the Surplus Lines Association of California. For 2014 there was …

USAA to Offer Pilot Ridesharing Coverage in Colorado

USAA announced it will offer auto insurance coverage in Colorado that will protect ridesharing drivers from the moment their ridesharing mobile apps are turned on until they are matched with a passenger. The pilot program, which will begin in February, …

Debate Heats Up Over Proposed Ridesharing Rules in Massachusetts

Taxicab drivers and owners decried proposed Massachusetts regulations on popular transportation companies like Uber and Lyft, while rideshare drivers defended their jobs at a packed and heated public hearing Wednesday. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who leaves office Jan. 8, wants …