SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday unanimously approved implementing regulations for online-enabled rideshare services—making California the first state to legalize transportation options such as Lyft and Sidecar.
The five commissioners gave the go-ahead at a meeting Thursday morning in San Francisco after hearing public comment that included taxi drivers who oppose the ridesharing companies and other people who support the nascent industry.READ MORE: Fmr. Pinole Police Officer Allegedly Videotaped Himself Having Sex With Minor
The commission decided to regulate companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar, defined as Transportation Network Companies, which use online platforms to connect passengers to drivers who are using their own vehicles.
As approved, the CPUC will require the companies to be licensed by the commission, perform background checks on drivers, implement or strengthen a driver-training program, conduct car inspections and carry a $1 million-per-incident insurance policy for drivers using their own vehicles to transport passengers.