Nashville Lawmakers Pass Proposal to Regulate Metro’s Ride-Sharing Industry

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2014

Ride-sharing businesses like Uber and Lyft have really taken off over the last several years in the Nashville area. These unique business models allow citizens to utilize those in their area who drive for the companies for rides that can be significantly cheaper and faster than a cab or taxi. However, ride sharing has stirred quite the controversy here in regards to who should be liable in the event of a Tennessee car accident.

Taxi companies and other opponents of the businesses say ride-sharing companies should be required to hold the same certifications and insurance that they are required to have. The ride-sharing companies argue their drivers purchase their own insurance and that the companies’ business models exempt them from other licenses and certifications that taxi companies must acquire.

It seems as though Metro legislators believe ride-sharing businesses should be regulated. According to WKRN 2 News, a bill was passed earlier this week that would impose several strict rules on the ride-sharing industry in Nashville. If the bill is approved, it would require:

  • Ride share drivers to be licensed by the city and meet insurance standards.
  • Vehicles to be inspected annually.
  • Drivers to pass a background check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation each year.

At Ponce Law, we want everyone to be safe on the road. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope any regulations that are enacted for the ride-sharing industry are effective in achieving this goal.