Uber is a transportation network company that operates a mobile app which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars.
On June 28th the company sent an e-mail to its customers urging them to contact Senator Sacco in support of Senate bill (S-2179) also known as the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act.”
Uber writes, “Right now, the New Jersey Senate is considering a bill that would allow Uber to stay in New Jersey for the long term—and the Senate needs to hear from riders like you! Other legislation being considered in the legislature would potentially force Uber out of the Garden State, which is why we need your support for the Senate bill.”
The senate bill includes language to identify ride-sharing apps as “”Transportation network company” which means a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity that is registered as a business in the State or operates in this State, and uses a digital network to connect a transportation network company rider to a transportation network company driver to provide a prearranged ride. A transportation network company shall not be deemed to control, direct, or manage a transportation network company driver or the driver’s personal vehicle that connects to the company’s digital network, except where agreed to by written contract.”
The bill also includes insurance standards for Uber drivers, annual permits priced at $5,000 annually, zero-torrence drug & alcohol policies, amongst other regulations.
You can read the full bill at Legiscan.com