Unfinished Business: a Blueprint for Uber, Lyft, and Taxi Regulation

Unfinished Business: a Blueprint for Uber, Lyft, and Taxi Regulation

A review of legislative debates in these states finds that action was stymied by a range of issues related to driver background checks, service to disabled persons, fair treatment of drivers, competitive impacts on the taxi industry, and whether app-enabled ride services should be regulated by state or local governments. This blueprint for TNC and taxi regulation includes recommendations on five key issues that stymied approval of TNC bills in big-state legislatures this year.

Key findings

TNC, taxi and sedan regulation should be under one roof to ensure consistency and a level playing field for dispatched services.

Legislation should provide drivers with civil rights protections, and should ensure that worker benefits are either provided by law or left to meaningful channels of negotiation between drivers and companies.

Regulators should create programs to subsidize accessible trips, funded through a per-trip fee applied to all TNC, taxi and sedan trips.

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