Trio of ride sharing bills comes to state legislature

Ride-sharing service Lyft can continue to operate in Kansas City at least until after a three-day trial set to begin Sept. 17.  | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Three bills are making their way through the state legislature regarding ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. If passed, these businesses will be able to operate statewide but will find it more expensive than initially expected. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

If all three of the new bills are passed this legislative session regarding ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, the businesses will be able to operate statewide but will find it more expensive to do so than they initially planned.

House Bill 792 and Senate Bill 351 would establish statewide regulations for the companies, including requiring drivers obtain a permit from the Missouri Department of Transportation, establish rules for background checks and driver eligibility and set guidelines for insurance. The bills would also prohibit the possibility of further regulation or oversight by the state’s Regional Taxicab Commission.

At the same time, House Bill 781 would raise the bar on insurance requirements for ride bookings companies, requiring they provide full commercial insurance coverage from whenever drivers turn on their mobile applications until they are shut off.

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