California Public Utilities Commission Oks New Ridesharing Regulations

April 25, 2016

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 books to the utilities commission to show proof of liability insurance, criminal background check information, driver’s licenses and vehicle inspection records.

But the commission did not decide whether to allow drivers to operate short-term leased vehicles while giving rides for Lyft and Uber. That vote was postponed.

Ride Hailing AppsThe new rules now require drivers to sport logos such as Lyft’s pink mustache and Uber’s `U’ sticker on both the backs and fronts of vehicles.

Both companies are based in San Francisco.

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