For those of you that rely on services like Uber and Lyft to get home after a night on the town, your ride might have just gotten a bit safer. New legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown set new hiring policies for the companies.
The legislation was signed last Wednesday, September 26th by the Governor. It requires companies like Uber and Lyft to perform stricter background checks on those wanting to drive.
One law says that the services cannot hire registered sex offenders, those who have been convicted of violent felonies, and those who have had a DUI conviction in the past seven years. If they are found to be violating the rules, the companies could face fines of up to $5000.00.
Another law, also signed by the governor, tightens the DUI restrictions. Drivers for Uber and Lyft are now considered to be under the influence at .04% as opposed to .08% for regular drivers.
A third law makes it easier for people who meet the above requirements to work for Uber and Lyft. It allows them to rent cars to work for the company.
Governor Brown did veto a law that would have created a statewide taxi commission. The law would have made an even playing field between the regulations taxi companies face and the lesser regulations faced by ride-hailing companies.
His veto message stated that he did not believe the state should bear the burden of regulating the taxi industry.
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