Missouri House approves ride-sharing company regulations

The state House has passed a bill to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, but critics say it’s not tough enough.

The bill would require companies to conduct background checks on drivers and a no-tolerance policy on drug and alcohol use for drivers while they’re working; bar drivers convicted of some felonies; offer estimated fares to riders; make sure drivers’ vehicles are insured; and require companies to pay an annual $5,000 fee. It would also ban additional local requirements of those companies including license requirements and would exempt them from most local taxes.

Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, said the bill’s checks on drivers don’t go far enough, particularly by not fingerprinting them as is done with taxicab drivers in St. Louis. He cited an Uber driver in Boston that worked while awaiting trial on two rapes.

Republicans argue that the bill would allow the free market to work with less government interference.

Both Uber and Lyft support the legislation, which has been sent to the state Senate.

Read more: Missourinet

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