Georgia Senate Sends Ridesharing Bill to Governor

April 6, 2015

The Georgia Senate has expanded the requirements ridesharing companies must meet to operate in the state.

The Senate voted last Thursday to add a requirement for drivers of companies such as Uber to display certificates of identification on their vehicles. Drivers must also obtain “master” licenses.

Earlier Thursday, the House passed by a vote of 153-14 a second “Uber bill” requiring ridesharing firms to provide at least $1 million of insurance for its drivers. Both bills now go to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Republican State Rep. Rich Golick of Smyrna says insurance coverage must begin when a driver accepts a customer using a mobile app, and end when the ride is over.

Powell’s bill also requires background checks of drivers.

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