SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Web-based car-sharing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved by California regulators.
The state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of the rules for such companies such as Lyft and Sidecar. Both companies rely on smartphone applications to connect riders and drivers, who use their own vehicles.
Commissioners said the rules were needed to ensure public safety and a level playing field with traditional taxi services.
In addition to the training, criminal background and insurance requirements, the companies will have to implement a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol and ensure vehicles undergo a thorough inspection.