From the LA Times this a.m.: California regulators OK ride-sharing services. Outside paywall here — but no word from the Times or the Legislature on how this will be taxed. Earlier press release follows.
AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Local Lyft and Sidecar Rider on CPUC Rules to Legalize Ridesharing in California
Today, the California Public Utilities Commission will rule on making ridesharing legal, while bringing it under strict regulatory control. Peers, a global movement representing over 15,000 sharing economy participants, will have a presence at the CPUC hearing today for the legalization of ridesharing in the state and the following Peers member will be available to discuss the importance of the rulemaking in her daily life:
- Kepa Askenasy, San Francisco Lyft and SideCar rider, Airbnb Host, and Architect
Read Peers executive director Natalie Foster’s op-ed “Time for CPUC to OK Ridesharers” in today’s San Francisco Chronicle here: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/It-s-time-for-CPUC-to-OK-ride-shares-4825997.php
“The regulations before the CPUC will raise safety standards for ride sharing while recognizing it as a unique transportation model. The proposed rules include requirements for driver background checks and vehicle inspections.
“While the specifics are still subject to revision, the spirit of the proposed regulations seems to be in keeping with the public interest. It can also pave the way for innovation, driven by people who are using their cars in ways that can make cities safer, more affordable and better connected.
“Rather than fitting new innovations into rules designed for old business models, the CPUC has the opportunity to create an entirely new category. By providing a clear set of rules, the CPUC will set a precedent for the nation.”