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Uber, Lyft Suspend Service in Texas Capital Because of Background Checks

Uber and Lyft have suspended ridesharing service in Austin, Texas after voters decided against overturning city requirements that include fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers. Nearly 56 percent of voters rejected a proposition Saturday that would have repealed rules the …

Background Checks For Uber, Lyft Drivers Established in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that creates new statewide rules for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Uber to do business in Iowa. Branstad signed the bill this week following approval this session in the Democratic-controlled …

Voters in Texas Capital Keep Fingerprinting for Rideshare Drivers

Fingerprinting drivers for ride-hailing companies must continue in Texas’ capital city after voters rejected a $9 million campaign by Uber and Lyft to overturn the safety measure. Both Uber and Lyft threatened to leave Austin, which hosts major annual events …

Mercury Insurance Launches Ride-Hailing Coverage in Illinois

Mercury Insurance is now offering ride-hailing insurance to cover Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers in Illinois. This new coverage will provide drivers with insurance that will bridge the gap between their personal auto insurance and the …

California Public Utilities Commission Oks New Ridesharing Regulations

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved new regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, including where identifying logos should go and stricter vehicle inspections. The San Francisco Examiner reported that the companies will now need to open their …

California Uber and Lyft Car Rental Decision Delayed

The first major product of General Motors Co.’s $500 million investment in Lyft Inc. was a short-term car-rental program. Last month, the companies began leasing Chevrolets in Chicago for up to eight weeks as part of the Express Drive program, …

Rhode Island Bills Aim to Regulate Uber, Lyft

Rhode Island could become the latest state to set rules for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, but first lawmakers must come to agreement on dueling bills — one favored by Uber and the other by traditional taxi operators. …

Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Regulate Rideshare Companies

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to close the gap in car insurance coverage for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. Supporters of the bill say that, right now, Uber and Lyft drivers might not be covered by insurance …

Women-Only Rideshare Services Raise Legal Questions

Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? In Massachusetts, Chariot for Women is promising to launch a service featuring female drivers picking up only women and children. Drivers will …

Farmers Insurance Launches Rideshare Coverage in New Jersey

Farmers Insurance announced Monday that it has begun offering its Rideshare Insurance Coverage endorsement in New Jersey. The endorsement is designed to offer ride-hail drivers coverage options as part of Farmers personal auto insurance policies. Farmers said the company worked …