A06090 Summary:

COSPNSRRyan, Morelle, Fahy, McDonald, Stirpe, Santabarbara, Walter, Lupardo, Peoples-Stokes, Brabenec
MLTSPNSRBrindisi, Lopez
Add SS3441, 3455 & 5103, Ins L; amd SS121-e, 148-a, 401 & 498, add Title X-A Art 46-A SS2200 - 2211, V & T L; amd S181, Gen Muni L; amd S151, Transp L
Relates to transportation network companies that use a digital network to connect transportation network drivers to transportation network riders for the purpose of providing transportation; provides for insurance for such companies and implements registration, regulation and operational requirements.
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A06090 Actions:

03/16/2015referred to transportation
05/29/2015amend and recommit to transportation
05/29/2015print number 6090a
01/06/2016referred to transportation
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A06090 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, the vehicle and traffic law, the general municipal law and the transportation law, in relation to transportation network companies   PURPOSE: To establish, regulate and provide proper insurance for transportation network companies and drivers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Sections 1 and 2 of the bill amend the insurance law by adding two new sections to authorize the issuance of automobile insurance policies to transportation network companies and transportation network company drivers on a group basis and to regulate the interaction of private passenger automobile insurance policies with insurance policies covering transportation network services. Sections 3 through 9 of the bill amend certain existing sections of the vehicle and traffic law, the general municipal law, the transportation law, and the insurance law in order to permit the establishment and operation of transportation network companies. Section 10 of the bill amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new Title X-A and article 46-A, which empowers the commissioner of motor vehicles to issue permits to transportation network companies and to regulate transportation network companies and transportation network company drivers through establishment of registration, operational, and insurance requirements. It also authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to take action against a transportation network company for any violations of the new article 46-A of the vehicle and traffic law. Section 11 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) provide a digital platform that matches consumers with a community of vetted local drivers offering rides using their personal vehicles. Existing transportation options alone can no longer fully accommodate growing populations, yet 80% of the seats in personal vehicles remain empty. TNC platforms are already filling those empty seats across the country by providing additional transportation options to communities that need them most and reducing the economic burden of car ownership. The broader benefits of ridesharing are being realized in communities where TNCs have been able to scale effectively. Ridesharing protects consumer choice, responds to unmet market demands, supplies accessible and affordable transportation options to underserved areas, provides economic opportunities, reduces drunk driving, eases traffic congestion, curbs air pollution and provides last mile solutions to commuters seek- ing to utilize existing transit options. TNCs are continuing to evolve to maximize these benefits with innovative options in the largest markets where they have been able to grow within the framework of reasonable regulation. TNCs have proactively addressed safety issues by developing practices and policies that provide unprecedented transparency for both passengers and drivers. They have worked with insurers to develop policies that provide a significantly higher level of coverage than is required or typical for-hire-vehicles in New York. These policies can help set a baseline for consumer protection while competition will continue to push standards even higher. This bill would balance the need to ensure that necessary safety standards are met by existing and emerging TNCs while enabling growth and innovation to fully realize the benefits that consumers are demanding.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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