Carshare operators are requried to perform DMV driving checks on ALL prospective members, prior to being sold a commercial auto policy, to run their business. Carshare operators are not mandated to have drivers submit to Department of Justice background checks since the insurance excludes them from running a service of picking people up in their cars. A bill proposed in California to require DMV checks on Uber, Lyft and similar drivers has FAILED.
AB 612 from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, which would have toughened requirements for driver background checks and drug/alcohol testing, went downward facing dog today, after failing to pass out of the Transportation Committee earlier this week.
Now when you get in an either Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or even a ToroRide vehicle, you are putting your life in the hands of someone who has not been run through the proper channels to drive you around. They could be a serial drunk driver, have a suspeneded license, or could be high on any variety of drugs, who knows, because California legislators don’t have the balls to vote in favor of such requirements.
Meanwhile AB 2293 from Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord could well be on its way to passing. Bonilla’s bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously but has yet to be heard by the full Senate, is still in play. If passed, the bill now would take effect July 1, 2015.
It initially called for $750,000 of commercial insurance during the initial period when a driver for Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, or a similar service has turned on a smartphone app but not yet been matched with a passenger, then $1 million from the time they accept a ride request until the passenger gets out of the car.
A new startup in California, called ToroRide is also an application based ridematching service, and it is unclear what precautions, if any, are taken to ensure the safety of their passengers.
Taxi companies are heavily regulated to ensure the safety of their passengers. A cheaper ride is enticing but not at the cost of your safety and life.